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OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 



NEW YEAR 1944 

Uvon the first of each N-eiv Year 
We look upon a page that's clear — 

But we fi,nd upon that page 
{Whether it he youth or age) 

Tluit with the fated pen of Time 
We write. 

At times the record is sublime. 

And takes the lilt of metric rhyme, 
And lifts us unto glorious height. 

For deeds of love and acts of right. 
But if, sometimes, we write in sfiAnie 

And find, alas, excuses lame, 
We're alivays glad another page 

Is turned all ivhite ^vhere youth and age 

May write. 





WE WISH you A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 



Volume LXVI 
January 1 , 1 944 



Number 1 



The Brethren Evangelist 



The Brethren Evansehst 

Published fifty weeks of the year at 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING CX). 

ASHLAND, OHIO 

PRUDENTIAL COMMITTEE 

J. E. Stookey, President 

N. G. Kimmel, Vice President 

J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 

EDITOR OF PUBLICATIONS 

F. C. Vanator 

BUSINESS MANAGER 
G. S. Baer 

ASSOCIATE EDITORS 

Rev. John F. Locke, Dr. C. A. Bame, Dr. C. F. Yoder 

EDITOR MISSIONARY NUMBER 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Rev. J. Milton Bowman, Rev. J. G. Dodds 
Rev. W. S. Crick, Dr. R. F. Porte 

Terms of Subscription. $1.50 per year in advance 

Change of Address. In ordering change of address 
always give both old and new addresses. 

Remittances. Send all money, business communica- 
tions and contributed articles to 

The Brethren Publishing Company, 
Ashland, Ohio 

Entered u second ol&as matter at Asbland. Ohio. Aocepted for malUni 

at Bpwtal rat*, spctlon 1103. act of October 3. 1917. Authorised 

September 3. 1928. 



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INTERESTING ITEMS 



AT THE REQUEST OF DR. L. E. LINDOWER, Secretary 
of the General Conference, we are making the following cor- 
rections of materials in the Conference Annual. We suggest 
that you mark such corrections that come from time to time 
in your Annual, thus keeping same up-to-date. 

Change membership of the Carleton, Nebraska, Church to 
235, which figure should be placed under "membership" on 
page 62. 

On page 58 place the name of Dr. R. R. Teeter, 725 Edge- 
hill Ave., Ashland, Ohio, as the pastor of the Glenford, Ohio, 
Brethren Church. Also change Dr. Teeter's name from "In- 
active" list to Active List. 

As other changes are reported these, too, will be listed in 
The Evangelist. Make your changes as these appear and 
keep your Annual up-to-date. 



AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO MINISTERS 

BROTHER C. D. WHITMER, Secretary-Treasurer of the 
National Ministerial Association makes the following an- 
nouncement: 

"As Secretary-Treasurer of the National Ministerial Asso- 
ciation, I have several of the Minister's Handbooks and Man- 
uals in my possession. Ministers of the denomination desir- 
ing one of these may obtain it from me. The price is $1.00 
plus 5 cents postage. Send payment with order to : 

Rev. C. D. Whitraer, 
217 E. Dubail Avenue. 
South Bend, Indiana. 



THIS IS IMPORTANT 



AT THE REQUEST OF ONE OF OUR MINISTERS we 
are making the following explanation. He urges that we pub- 
lish a note telling how long we should have material on hand 
before date of publication. It is a pleasure to make this an- 
nouncement. The material for publication in The Evangelist 
should be in the editor's hands at least three weeks before 
the publication date for any assurance of publication in the 
issue of given date. Sometimes it is possible to get in mate- 
rial at the last moment, but not often. Thanks, Brother, for 
the suggestion. 



Send all 

WHITE GIFT OFFERINGS TO 

Dean M. A. Stuckey, Treasurer 

Nat'l. Sunday School Assn. 

523 Samaritan Avenue, 

Ashland, Ohio 



ALL TREASURERS 
PLEASE NOTE 



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EYERLY-MYERS. On Sunday evening, November 14, 1943, 
Miss Martha Lou Myers, of Mansfield, Ohio, daughter of 
Rev. and Mrs. L. A. Myers of Oak Hill, West Virginia, be- 
came the bride of Lieut Roger C. Eyerly, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. R. C. Eyerly of Lincoln Heights. The ceremony was 
performed in the First Brethren Church of Smithville, Ohio, 
by the undersigned. The couple was accompanied by the 
bride's sister. Miss Rebecca Myers and R. M. Batson of Cool- 
ridge Heights. 

The bride graduated from Morrill, Kansas, high school, and 
the Mansfield Business Training Station, and is the assistant 
clerk at Draft Board II of Mansfield. Lieut. Byerly gradu- 
ated from Madison high school and Baldwin-Wallace College. 
He is stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss., with the U. S. Army. 

J. G. Dodds. 



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THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 
AND THE NEW YEAR 

The opening month of each new year turns our 
minds to the Publishing Interests of the Brethren 
Church. For many years the mere menti;- ■ of the 
month of January has brought to mind the Publish- 
ing House, and has been connected with the urge to 
give to the support of that interest of the Church. 
We have called this "Offering" THE PUBLICA- 
TION DAY OFFERING. 

But in a larger sence we should not use this term, 
but one of wider conotation and meaning and ad- 
judge it "The Literature Offering," for it is more 
than an offering to a publishing plant — it is an offer- 
ing to an important interest of the Brethren Church. 

Did 1 say "an important interest?" That phrase 
is not quite narrow enough. It is a MOST important 
interest of the Brethren Church. I almost said "THE 
MOST IMPORTANT INTEREST." But possibly 
that is a little too wide an application, and we will 
simply say, "One of the MOST important." 

But truly the word "important" is the key to our 
thought at this time, for a vital, important link in 
the work of the church would be seriously and great- 
ly weakened if there would be any "let dowTi" in the 
support that is given annually throughout the Broth- 
erhood, to the Brethren Publishing Company. 

There are two vital things I want to call to your 
attention. 1. The need of additional equipment in the 
printing plant proper, and, 2. The necessity of liquid- 
ating the present indebtedness on the building, 
NOW, while money is plentiful. It is important that 
this be done in order that money thus given out for 
interest be applied to the regular work of the church 
in thus giving opportunity to use such money in the 
literature "spread" that the Gospel might be more 
thoroughly administered. For after all the purpose 
of the Brethren Publishing Company is not to make 
money for a corporation, but to print all the litera- 
ture possible to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Equipment 

Just a few words about this. There is a constant 
need in any machinery operated plant for repairs, re- 
placements, added equipment to bring it up to oper- 
ating capacity, and new type faces, in a printing 
plant, to present the kind of a paper that will meet 
the demands of the reading public. This we desire to 
do, but funds prevent many such desired improve- 
ments. Your offerings help with this part of- the u 

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Debt Liquidation 

At the present time the Publishing Building is the 
only interest of the church that is seeking to cancel 
a building debt. Just recently you will remember 
the Benevolence Board removed the indebtedness 
from the Brethren's Home at Flora, Indiana. It will 
not be too long until a Chapel will be in building on 
the College Campus which will entail a call to the 
Brotherhood for needed funds to complete it. The 
good women of the W. M. S. will see to that. But now 
the primary interest of the church to be envolved is 
the Publishing Company. Let us get this debt out 
of the way before we are called upon to assume an- 
other. Would that we could make it clear that the 
Publishing Building is the property of The Brethren 
Church, the National Conference, with its delegates 
being the stockholders of the same. Therefore it is 
YOUR PROPERTY and you are a part owiier. It 
belongs to no particular congregation and to no par- 
ticular individual — it belongs to the church. There- 
fore we ask that you help support what is properly 
partly yours. Is that asking too much? 

F. C. V. 



A WORD OF APPRECIATION 

Too often we fail to give recognition to those who 
are most important in the conduct of the affairs of 
an organization and take them as a matter of course. 
However no institution can endure which does not 
have the loyal support of its employees. They are 
rather more than a mere entity, they become at once 
either an asset or a liability. 

Well the Brethren Publishing Company can con- 
sider its force in the printing plant a great asset, for 
we have a very loyal group of men who really have 
the interest of the work at heart. In our foreman, 
Mr. Don Burns, with the company for the past fif- 
teen years, we have one who is not only willing, but 
able to make all things "go well." The editor wishes 
to express his great appreciation to him and to our 
very efficient pressman, Don Emmons, and to our 
linotype operator, C. L. Plank, one of the best, for 
the close association, helpful efficiency and good 
comradeship in these few words that space permits. 
A fine force of fine fellows. 

F. C. V. 

It is imperative that those who seek a vision of 
,Gpd shall fi-equent the House of God, where He is 
revealed and worshipped. — Roy L. Smith. 



The Christian hHome 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Rev. Arthur R. Baer 



From the primitive cave to the millionaire's pal- 
ace, home is the place where a family lives. Yet there 
is a tendency to think of home in too materialistic 
terms. There are certain essential materials without 
which it would be impossible to build a house, but 
they fall far short of making a home. I love Edgar 
Guest's poem, "Heap 0' Living" but I feel that even 
he takes too much into consideration the material 
construction. 

In the old home, father ruled sternly and abso- 
lutely; today, in many homes that would mean re- 
bellion. Yet, there is a definite need of proper dis- 
cipline in the home with fuller understanding and 
sympathy. In too many homes parents have yielded, 
and in many so called Christian homes the children 
are not being reared in the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord. Without such Christian nurture and 
with no Christian worship the home is at best merely 
neutral in its religious influence. In the home as else- 
where, neutrality is denial, it is disloyalty. 

The establishment of a Christian home is one 
thing, the maintenance is another. It requires con- 
stant vigilance and additional help apart from itself 
or it will not survive. A Christian home is not merely 
a place of mutual understanding, where sins have 
been mutually forgiven and selfish desires dispelled. 
The Christian home is a God possessed and a God 
possessing institution. It is not a home garnished 



but empty, it is a home tenanted by the Holy Spirit. 
Disallusionments are bound to come, even where 
two decide that their home is to be Christian. After 
the daily grind begins it is likely that both will find 
that neither of them are angelic, but mostly human. 
It is well to accept at the outset that these tantaliz- 
ing imperfections do not preclude the possibility of 
maintaining a Christian home, and it will help if 
they are able to draw upon an abundant supply of 
Christian graces. 

One of the most serious dangers is that the home 
may be allowed to become merely nominally Chris- 
tian. Therefore it is highly important that prayer- 
ful consideration be given to the recreation, the lead- 
ing matter, the social contacts as well as the personal 
habits. 

The teaching of a Christian home is still effective, 
when its lessons are taught persistently and cour- 
ageously, and practiced faithfully each day as a mat- 
ter of conscious habit founded on convictions. Under 
such conditions there is nothing to equal its power. 
There are other influences functioning in society, but 
these do little but echo the standards of the home. 
It is impoi'tant then that our homes be Christian. 
Christian homes are now our greatest need. 

Sometime it may happen, that homes will redis- 
cover Jesus and retuni to Him as the great leader. 

— Cameron, W. Va. 



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Some Contributions Which Ashland 

College Has Made to the Cause 

ol" Christianity and the 

Brethren Church 

Dr. Martin L. Shively Ashland College 



During the sixty-five years of the existence of this 
institution of learning, the men and women who 
have served as instructors within its halls, have done 
their utmost to lead in the achievement of the goals 
for which the college was called into being. And one 
of the outstanding goals has from the first been the 
development of Christian character in the students 
who sought instruction in its class rooms. Every stu- 



dent has been required to take a course in the study 
of the Bible, and none have left its halls who did not,, 
by both precept and example have set before him: 
the aims and ideals which were so wonderfully ex- 
emplified in both the teaching and example of our^ 
Lord. The daily services conducted in the college 
chapel, have left lasting impressions in the minds ofi 
both students and teachers. Everything reasonably 



January 1, 1944 



possible has always been done to fix in mind and 
heart, the nature and revelation of God in the per- 
son of our Lord. Only eternity can reveal the extent 
of the lasting impressions made upon both mind and 
soul of those who lived even for a short time, under 
the influences exerted here. 

The Brethren Annual for 1921 listed 71 names 
of men serving in the ministry of the Brethren 
Church, who had received their training in the halls 
of Ashland College, and the Annual of 1942 added 
29 new names to this list, so that I am sure that I 
am not exagerating when I say that not less than 
150 men and women have passed through its halls 
to go out into the world with their chief objective to 
preaching of the Word. And in addition to these, 
there have been many hundreds more who have be- 
come instructors in the public schools, each of whom 
has at least in some measure passed on to the pupils 
under their charge, the teaching and ideals so con- 
stantly emphasized here. And in addition to these, 
men and women have entered other fields of labor. 



and I am sure that I cannot be charged with wistful 
thinking when I say that while a few may have 
failed to make a decided impress for good in com- 
munities in which they made their homes, com- 
munities are at least a little better for their living in 
them. They have become teachers in the Sunday 
Schools, and leaders in many fields of activity, and 
in practically every instance the ideals of Ashland 
College, find expression in them. And Ashland Col- 
lege continues to serve as it has done during all the 
years of its existence. Its ideals and objectives have 
not been reduced. Young men and women are still 
being prepared for definitely religious service in a 
world which sorely needs them, and above the speak- 
ers desk in the chapel, there is the beautiful large 
picture of Christ standing at the door, patiently 
knocking, waiting to be admitted to the human heart. 
Both the picture as well as the addi'esses daily de- 
livered there, cannot but make a lasting contribu- 
tion to the lives of all who see and hear. Ashland 
College still serves. . — Ashland, Ohio. 



The Church s Responsibility to Youth 

By Bishop William Pearce 

If vital definitions are heeded, tlie chuixh is a body of peo- 
ple called out from the world, and they come according to the 
terms of the call. Said Glendower, "I can call spirits from the 
vasty deep." "Why, so can I," said Hotspur, "or so can any 
man. But will they come when you do call for them?" In 
the Bible view the church is a company of people separated 
from the worldly order by all the emphasis of the narrow- 
way and the strait gate at the head of the way. 

It ranges all the way from the child Timothy to the mother 
Eunice and the grandmother Lois. All ranks and conditions 
may be comprehended in that glorious institution, the church 
of the living God, upon Scriptural terms of life. 

Mutual respect, and helpfulness and love must prevail in 
the beautiful entanglement of age distinctions, or confusion 
will ensue. 

That gentle man, gentle as a nurse cherishing her children, 
the marvelous apostles of the Gentiles, led the way, and the 
wise and the righteous will follow in all the ages. That does, 
not mean a compromise in doctrine, or practice, but a loving 
regard for the body of which Christ is the head. 

Especially should the church cherish its younger members. 
Orthodoxy of doctrine is of little worth if not accompanied 
by the orthodoxy of love. Our young people are well worth 
cherishing, and the Young People's Missionary Society has a 
peculiar claim upon the church at large. 

It is the ward of God, as its life and vigor show, and there- 
fore the ward of the church. Its members are precious pearls 
in the setting of the love feast; habitations of God through 
the transforming Holy Spirit; eager participants in mission- 
ary enterprises; the delight of the pastor in proportion to 
their influence and their numbers; the pledge of the church'.'; 
prosperous future; the example of the world of what the 
grace of God can do for the lost; the fishers of men com- 
mended by our Lord; the devoted to Christ, while the masses 



of the young people are living for themselves, the worst form 
of idolatry. 

As among the advanced in life, so among the young peo- 
ple, there will be found the listless and the unspiritual, the 
camp followers and the merely social, whose life is a flicker, 
or a fading, and who are keen on programs and dull in prayer. 
The Epistles in the New Testament and the messages to the 
churches in Asia reveal that in the old long since, defections 
threatened and factions arose, so there is always danger to 
people of all ages. 

One great command with one great obedience will safe- 
guard the church in all its stages of life: "Be filled with the 
Spirit."— The Free Methodist. 

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ESTIMATES -'^ 

Man calls sin an accident; God calls it an abomi- 
nation. ■: 

Man calls sin a blunder ; God calls it blindness. 

Man calls sin a chance; God calls it a choice. 

Man calls sin a defect ; God calls it a disease. 

Man calls sin an error; God calls it enmity. 

Man calls sin fascination ; God calls it fatality. 

Man calls sin an infirmity ; God calls it iniquity. 

Man calls sin a luxury ; God calls it leprosy. 

Man calls sin a liberty ; God calls it lawlessness. 

Man calls sin a trifle ; God calls it a tragedy. 

Man calls sin a mistake; God calls it madness. 

Man calls sin a weakness ; God calls it wilfulness. 
— Author Unknown. 

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Four times as many Bibles are being sold in 
France today as were sold prior to the war. — World 
Dominion. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




Distinctive Brethren Doctrines 
and Practices 

By Rev. Dyoll Belote 




THE LORD'S SUPPER 

(Following the declaration of purpose in last month's "Foreword," we shall in 
this article take up the second of the separate acts of the Communion service. Our 
subject for this article will, therefore, be that of "The Lord's Supper.") 



The Lord's Supper — Its Institution 

The second of the distinct acts in the Communion service 
is that of the Lord's Supper, or Love Feast, or the Agape. 
These are three different terms referring to the same thing 

the full evening meal which Jesus ate with the disciples 

on the night of His betrayal, and which was preceded by the 
feet-washing and followed by the eucharist. And we must not 
forget that these symbols were used in the exact order named, 
by the apostolic church in perpetuation of the Lord's Me- 
morial service. 

There is a very simple proof that this supper was intended 
by the Lord to be a part of the completed service, in the 
fact that it is set exactly between Feet-washing and the 
Eucharist in its institution. 

There is a solemn asservation that Jesus was not acting 
unwittingly or thoughtlessly, for there are three facts set 
forth concerning His position and attitude in the first three 
verses of John 13. It says that Jesus knew (a) that His hour 
was come to depart out of this world, and that (b) He was 
come from God and went to God, and lastly that all authority 
was given unto Him in Heaven and on earth. It was, there- 
fore in the solemn consciousness of these facts that He pro- 
ceeded to establish these and all the ordinances which He 
set in the church for the blessing of His disciples in all 
ages. By precept — "If I, your lord and Master, have washed 
your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet" — and 
by example — "I have given you an example, that ye should 
do as I have done unto you." Then having taken his garments 
(which He had laid aside to exemplify the manner of the 
feet-washing) He sat down again to the meal (from which 
He had risen to give the visual understanding of the cleansing 
service), and taught His followers, and hastened Judas on 
his way to the completion of his devilish plot against our 
Lord. And when He had taught and fellowshipped with them 
all (even Judas to whom He gave a sop). He instituted the 
Eucharist and commanded its observance. 

It does not appeal to good judgment to believe that Christ 
would make a revelation of His departure and authority, 
follow that by the instituting of a sacred ordinance, then 
break the thread of sacred acts and engage in an ordinary 
meal, and then later take up the thread of sacred things and 
institute another ordinance. The supper came between the 
two ordinances — both of which He emphatically commanded, 
it is vitally connected with them, and it must also have been 
commanded. 



The Love-feast Kept by the Apostles 

Jesus gave no authority to the disciples to originate ordi- 
nances, and there is no evidence of their having done so. 
The apostles simply carried out the things which their Lord 
Iiad taught them. So when we find the disciples mentioning 
the love-feast as a regular and undisputed institution of the 
Christian church, we accept that as evidence that it must 
have had the authority of the Lord. No amount of argument 
can make a bit of bread and a sip of wine into a "feast." 
Paul speaks of this service in his first letter to the Corin- 
thian church, 5:7, and says, "For our passover also hath 
been sacrificed, even Christ: wherefore let us keep the feast, 
..." Paul, patently, was not referring to the Eucharist 
alone, but to the entire love-feast, and he speaks of it as if 
it was well known as one of the services instituted by the 
Lord. And since the apostle regarded the love-feast as an 
institution ordained by the Lord to be perpetuated and 
guarded against misrepresentation, we believe we should do 
the same. 

The Lord's Supper — A Word-study 

The Greek word translated "Supper" has in the meaning 
of the word in the original, the meaning of a full evening 
meal. Various Greek Lexicons all give this meaning to the 
term. And the same word when it is used elsewhere in the 
Gospel is universally translated "feast" or "supper." The 
passages in Matt. 23:6, Luke 14:12, and John 12:2, where the 
word "deipnos" appears in the original have the word trans- 
lated in each case as "feast." 

Another simple statement will also help to put the "sup- 
per" exactly where Brethren claim it should be put — and left. 
That the "supper" is not to be identified with the bread and 
wine is easily seen in the declaration that "as they were yet 
eating Jesus took bread and blessed it, etc." They had been 
eating while He was discoursing to them, and then — after 
the supper — He instituted the service of the bread and the 
wine, the Eucharist. Beside this in the Scriptures the bread 
and wine are never called the Lord's supper. 1 Cor. 10:16. 

The Love-feast — Its Symbolism. 

That there is a symbolism in the love-feast is generally 
admitted by thoughtful folks. If we admit that the supper 
which Christ ate with His disciples that night was an ordi- 
nary meal, and carried to the apostles nothing more than 
the suggestion of the satisfaction of physical hunger, then 
we must treat it as an ordinary meal and leave it at that. 
But if Jesus first, and the apostles after Him, taught that 



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there is a religious significance in the feast, then we have 
commendable warrant for believing that the feast was meant 
to be continued, that the truths back of it may be taught and 
perpetuated. 

A. The love-feast is a memorial of Christ's love. The infer- 
ence, in this case, is undeniable, since in the introduction to 
the entire service in John 13:1 explicit reference is made to 
this love of Christ's: "Having loved his own which were in 
the world, he loved them unto the end." And later as Jesus 
was teaching His followers during the supper He gave spe- 
cial commandment for the perpetuation of this type of love. 
"A new commandment give I unto you, that ye love one 
another as I have loved you" (John 13:34). The feasts at 
which this commandment is exemplified are a means of teach- 
ing and urging its continuation. "The love-feast, with this 
new name expressing this new type of love, which the world 
first saw in Jesus, is a standing memorial of Jesus' love." 
The world of OUR day needs this memorial, that it may be 
frequently reminded of God's love as manifested in Christ 
Jesus. 



B. The love-feast is also a symbol of the love which should 
characterize Christ's followers. It was while instituting this 
feast that the Lord said, "By this shall all men know that 
ye are my disciples, if ye have love one toward another" 
(John 13:35). Just as the feast commemorates the love of 
Jesus for His disciples, so also it must urge upon those dis- 
ciples the necessity and desirability of a like mutual love 
one for another. It will be remembered that it was at the 
end of this same feast that Christ prayed to the Father, 
having this thought of mutual love for each other and said, 
"That the love wherewith thou lovest me may be in them, 
and I in them." (John 17:26). 

And so by example, by commandment and prayer Jesus 
gave to this new supper such a significance that for all time 
it has ceased to be rated as common, and has become a bond 
of love in the Christian brotherhood and a source of spiritual 
blessing to all who partake, seeking fellowship and blessing. 

— Uniontown, Pa. 



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Imagination and the Changing World A Radio Address 

By Dr. L. L. Garber 



The Prophetic Poets, by means of the skilful and artistic 
use of the creative imagination, foreshadow, prefigure, and 
create the emerging and better world. 

"Imagination was given us that we might reshape an ugly 
world into the likeness of our dreams." — Russell Gordon 
Smith. 

Eminent psychologists and thinkers everywhere concur 
with the saying of one of the greatest military leaders of 
all time: "Imagination rules the world." Our national history 
is an outstanding illustration of the fact. We have achieved 
greatly, are achieving greatly, will achieve greatly because 
we employ the creative imagination in unusual ways. 

The Pilgrim Fathers imaged a better world beyond the 
seas, braved the perils and hardships of the stormy Atlantic, 
and realized their fondest hopes and desires — the home and 
haven prefigured in their dreams. The Revolutionary Fathers 
imaged a country of wider freedom, of larger opportunity, 
of juster relations between man and man. Hence they estab- 
lished principles, fostered ideals, set precedents, and organ- 
ized a government that has changed the whole course of hu- 
man history. 

"Man is master of his fate" only insofar as he creates in 
his imagination the better and the new so vividly, so cun- 
ningly, so compellingly that he creates the desire, the cour- 
age, the hardihood to strive, to suffer, to die for this new 
and better way. Our sons and kindred are striving, fighting, 
dying on every frontier of the world because we as a people 
have imaged a safer, a better, a nobler world that can and, 
therefore, must be created. 

In such an hour it is fitting to examine some of the work 
of the great Prophet-Poet who has depicted most definitely 
and suggestively the spiritual elements and material develop- 
ment of the emerging democratic warless world. 

But before we take up in detail the prophetic pictures of 
the immortal Tennyson, let us hear another's statement of 
how image-creators build and destroy nations and civiliza- 
tions : 

"We are the music (image) makers 

And we are the dreamers of dreams. 
Wandering by lone sea-breakers, 



And sitting by desolate streams; 
World-losers and world-forsakers, 

On whom the pale moon gleams; 
Yet we are the movers and shakers 

Of the world — forever — it seems. 

With wonderful deathless ditties 

We build up the world's great cities; 
And out of a fabulous story 

We fashion an empire's glory: 
One man with a dream of pleasure. 

Shall go forth and conquer a crown; 
And three with a new song's measure 

Can trample a kingdom down. 

We in the ages lying, 

In the buried past of the earth. 
Build Nineveh with our singing. 

And Babel itself in our mirth, 
And o'erthrew them with prophesying 

To the old of the new world's worth; 
For each age is a dream that is dying, 

Or one that is coming to birth. 

A breath of our inspiration 

Is the life of each generation; 
A wondrous thing of our dreaming 

Unearthly, impossible, seeming — 
The soldier, the king, and the peasant 

Are working together in one. 
Till our dream shall become their present, 

And their work in the world be done." 

The prophet both foresees and creates. In such fashion, 
Tennyson has helped create the present world, and is help- 
ing create the new and better emerging world. He saw that 
this is a progressive, developing world when he wrote these 
couplets: 

"Yet I doubt not through the ages 

One increasing purpose runs. 
And the thoughts of men are widened 

With the process of the suns." 



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"Men, my brothers, men the workers, 

Ever reaping something new: 
That which they have done but promise 

Of the things that they shall do." 

Further, Tennyson believed that a finer, lovelier Christian 
spirit would measurably motivate human conduct, and wrote 
this matchless metaphor to symbolize the process: 

"Love took up the harp of life 

And smote on all the chords with might; 

Smote the chord of Self that trembling, 
Past in music out of sight." 

The growing embodiment of this lovely prophetic hope is 
now in impressive unfolding consummation. Never before has 
any group of nations espoused and endeavored to carry for- 
ward so just and Christ-like a program as the allied nations 
are now furthering. When, before, in the spirit of "I am my 
brother's keeper," did a group of nations propose to expel 1 
from human affairs, all brutal tyrants, all blood-stained ex- 
ploiters, all ruthless selfish conquerors? When was Good 
Will and studied altruism so widespread as today ? When, 
before, did a group of nations, so powerful, so intelligent, so 
wealthy, plan so scientific and long-term effort to help the 
under-privileged, educate the inept, and succor the starving 
by developing and utilizing all the resources of the "good 
earth" and the best intelligence of our common humanity to 
abolish want, fear, and needless suffering from every race, 
color, and class ? 

As a prophet, Tennyson saw in vision how invention, dis- 
covery and cooperative organization would transform the 
world. He wrote: 

"So I dipt into the future. 

Far as human eye could see. 
Saw the vision of the world 

And all the wonders that would be." 

He saw the airplane commerce, with its mighty transform- 
ing influence, almost a century before it began. In 1842 he 
wrote this: 

"Saw the heavens fill with commerce. 

Argosies of magic sails. 
Pilots of the purple twilight, 

Dropping down with costly bales." 

This commerce, which has been rapidly developing for some 
years, will undergo a vast civilization-transforming expan- 
sion in the immediate future, carrying the useful products of 
every nation to every other, abolishing want, and promoting 
human friendships, racial good will, and all forms of culture. 

Further, he saw, heard, and vividly describes noisy, crash- 
ing, terrifying aerial battles, such as are today taking place 
in many parts of the world. He further predicted that such 
vastly destructive world conflicts would eventuate in the 
nations of the world, taking the most fateful and significant 
step forward Time has ever witnessed; an international co- 
operative step, culminating in the abolition of war through the 
establishment of a Parliament of Man, a United States of 
the World. He wrote: 

"Then the war-drum throbbed no longer. 

And the battle-flags were furled. 
In the Parliament of Man, 

The Federation of the World." 

Still further, Tennyson suggests how this Federation of the 
World will maintain a durable peace and a warless world. 
The method is so simple that you will not understand its 
power and feasibility until you have done some analytic 
comparative thinking in reference to it. Understand Tenny- 
son's famous couplet: 



"There the common sense of most 

Shall hold a fretful realm in awe (Under control) 
And the kindly earth shall slumber, 

Lapt in universal law." 

The prophecy of Tennyson implies no fanciful dream or un- 
tried experiment. The method is as old as civilization itself. 
Thousands of peaceful cities and prosperous states, past and 
present, prove the efficiency of the method. All logic tends 
to prove that a method that has worked successfully in 
thousands of cities, nations and empires, will succeed when 
applied to the organization of the world federation. "The 
Common Sense of Most," a democratic majority of the citi- 
zens, holds the unwilling and criminal minded in subjection 
and awe by its legal regulations, its courts, and its police 
■ force, in every organized unit, great or small. 

Our own great commonwealth of states. The Soviet Union, 
the great British Commonwealth of nations, with thirteen 
millions of square miles of territory and five hundred million 
of inhabitants, all maintain peace within their borders in the 
same way through organized common sense. What these great 
aggregations of people of all races and religions have done 
and are doing for themselves, the nations of the world can 
do for all by a world organization with a world legislative 
body whose laws and regulations are enforced by an inter- 
national police force. 

The organization of the Federation of Man, the Parliament 
of Man, will be the greatest political achievement in human 
history. It will be the crowning master step in the establish- 

Time permits only a suggestion of the immense collateral 
benefits that will flow from such an organization of the 
world for peace. When one catches a vision of the intellectual, 
material, artistic, moral, economic, and humanitarian possi- 
bilities of such organization, he is filled with a boundless 
enthusiasm for it. 

That it will be, in a large way, the answer to the appeals 
and prayers of millions of suffering, hungering, enslaved, 
military-burdened, tax-ridden, war-bedeviled, fear-benight- 
mared men and women, and of countless homeless orphans, 
fleeing refugees, and lonely wanderers on the waste places 
of the earth, is an equally appealing prospect to all who 
would "deal justly" and "love mercy." 

Every citizen should catch the spirit of Tennyson's prophetic 
visions. A United States of the World meets the challenge 
of the hour. The mighty changes on the earth, recent and 
pending, make such an organization easy, essential, desirable, 
imperative. 

Ours is a shrunken world. Space and time have in most 
respects been immensely curtailed or annihilated. Europe is 
in our backyard and Asia's teeming millions just around the 
corner. We chum, argue, fellowship with all the world. No 
nation can be safe, prosperous, and happy, unless all are 
fed, sheltered, educated, and civilized. 

The vastly expanded facilities for the creation and dis- 
tribution of human necessities and creature comforts makes 
all this possible under the Parliament of Man, a United 
States of the World, under which — 

"The common Sense of most 

Shall hold the fretful realms in awe, 

And the kindly earth shall slumber, 
Lapt in universal law." 

"Oh beautiful the poet's dream 

That sees beyond the years. 
Where alabaster cities gleam, 

Undimmed by human tears." 

— Ashland, Ohio. 



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EDITORIAL 
COMMENT 



"Growing Pains' of the World 

Dr. C. F. Toder 



By 



"We are living, we are dwelling in a grand and awful time; 
In an age on ages telling to be living is sublime." 

THE SEERS in every age see something of the relation 
of the past and present to the future, and are therefore 
thrilled by the current of progress which they discern. The 
earthquake which is now shaking down the social and political 
structure of the world, has brought fear to those who lack 
faith in God or knowledge of His ways of working; but to 
the wise who understand (Dan. 12:10) it has brought joyful 
expectation, for they see in these judgments the ending 
of the dispensation and the nearness of the Kingdom of God. 

THE KINGDOM once before was near and was offered 
to the Jews, but because of the unbelief of their rulers it 
was taken from them and given to believers among all peo- 
ples. Now the end of the "times of the Gentiles" is at hand 
and the awakening of Israel is proceeding. Among the many 
signs of the coming kingdom, the rise of "kingdom against 
kingdom" may be the most conspicuous, but it is not the 
most fundamental. 

When Jesus wished to illustrate the growth of the king- 
dom itself, He likens it unto seeds so\^^l in the ground which 
springeth up, man knoweth not how, but sees first the blade, 
and then the stock, and then the head of grain. Carrying the 
illustration into human experience, we see first the mystery 
of life and note the "growing pains" in the passing from 
childhood to youth, and from youth to age. Parents who do 
not understand sometimes punish their children for seem- 
ing laziness or misconduct for which they are not to blame. 
All periods of transition are marked by painful readjust- 
ments. 

THE BIOLOGICAL LAWS of individual growth are also 
the laws of social growth. Sociology is a comparatively new 
science and its teachers have not yet fully understood that 
society, world society, is itself an organism in the process 
of growth, and therefore has its crises or transitions with 
their corresponding "growing pains." Let us consider the 
analogy. With the background of the creation of electrons, 
atoms and molecules or elements, life begins with a single 
cell. The cooperation of like cells produces tissues; the co- 
operation of modified tissues produces organs; the coopera- 
tion of organs forms systems, and the cooperation of the 
systems defines the organisms. In society the cell corre- 
sponds to the individual; tissues correspond to the different 
trades and professions; organs correspond to the unions of 
related interests; systems correspond to the larger groups 
called departments of government, and the cooperation of 
the whole defines the organism, whether it be the family, the 
tribe, the nation, the empire or the world government. 

COOPERATION AND LIBERTY. Now when the offspring 
of any Adam and Eve become numerous and agree to coop- 
erate for mutual protection or benefit, that cooperation is 
obtained by the surrender of certain individual J,i)>.erties which 
were enjoyed before. The members who rebel against the 

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loss of these "personal liberties" become the criminals who 
are justly exiled or obliged to obey the agreements necessary 
to the cooperation of the group. 

When a number of tribes agree together to form a nation, 
or a number of nations are formed into an empire, in each 
case the larger cooperation is obtained at the cost of minor 
liberties which were enjoyed by the separate groups. The 
United States of America can only exist because the original 
thirteen separate colonies and the succeeding territories, in 
order to join the union, were willing to limit their libertie.-; 
to matters of purely local interest and leave the control of 
national interests to the federal government. In the same 
way individual Christians, when isolated, have no super- 
vision, but when members of a congregation have congre- 
gational supervision; and when congregations form a denom- 
ination they agree to limit their congregational liberty to 
purely congregational matters and submit the denominational 
matters to the central authority of the denomination. Those 
who rebel against such authority must choose between iso- 
lation or submission to the laws of cooperation. 

IT IS THE TRANSITION from these lesser forms of co- 
operation to the larger forms that cause the "growing pains." 
The loss of liberty hurts all those who are not willing to 
sacrifice some personal desires for the common good. In this 
phenomena we find the cause of the quarrels among children, 
divorces among parents, divisions in churches, and wars 
among nations. It is the greatest danger in the world today. 
Slaves to vice are unwilling to give up their liquor and their 
cigarettes for the good of their families and the world. Traf- 
fickers in the business which causes vice are unwilling to 
give up their profits for the common good. Pigmy politicians 
oppose any social program which may cost them votes or 
position. Ambitious rulers will rule or ruin. Ambitious nations 
parade their idea of sovereignty to the loss of a greater and 
better sovereignty. 

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is always opposed by the 
dogs in the manger who are too ignorant to appreciate the 
kingdom and too selfish to sacrifice their personal desires 
for the better things of the kingdom. Such are the reaction- 
aries who with a loud profession of patriotism or piety, good 
will or wisdom, seek to conceal their selfish motives and en- 
list in their support the good people they can deceive. They 
are the hypocrites whom Jesus denounced. They brought de- 
struction upon their people in His first coming and have 
brought the world to the horrors of the present crisis. And 
they vAW do their best to prevent a cooperative post-war 
world, but they will not succeed for long. 

They will not succeed because Almighty God is still King 
of His creation. It is He who "hath determined the appointed 
times of the nations and the bounds of their habitation." 
Acts 17:26. He has ordained the cycles of moments and days 
and the cycles of times and of ages. When the 430 years, de- 
creed for the sojourn in Egypt, were ended, that "selfsame 
day His people moved out." Exodus 12:41. When the time 
came for the Messiah to be "cut off" (Dan. 9:26) that day 
and hour He died upon the cross. And then "the full end, and 
that determined," of the wrath of God is poured out upon 
Israel because of persistent unbelief, then their despairing 
cry will be heard and the Lord will come. Then the times of 
the Gentiles will end and the kingdom of Heaven will be 
established. Thus it is wTitten and thus it will come to pass. 

WHAT, THEN, SHOULD WE DO ? First of all we should 
do our utmost to give the good news fo the kingdom to all 
nations as a witness unto them. (Matt. 24:14). At the same 
time we should let our light shine wherever we may be. 
Amid the voices of the unconverted announcing their plan 
for the new world, we must announce the program of our 
coming King. Read it all in Isaiah 61 and its confirmation in 



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Luke 4:18, and Acts 15-14-18, and Romans 11:25-32, and 
Matt. 5 — 7, and similar passages. 

It is expected that the criminal classes will jeer at this 
program, for the carnal mind does not understand spiritual 
things. The first point in the program is the preparation of 
the people, a regenerate people. The dry bones must come to 
life. The repentance of Israel precedes restoration. The re- 
pentance of the Gentiles is their only salvation. The danger 
from powerful but pagan nations and from the criminal 
classes of all nations is too great to be ignored. The world of 
good will must protect itself against them. Isolation is im- 
possible. Force restrains but does not cure. Invention has 
made the world a neighborhood, but only a new spirit can 
make it a brotherhood, and that new spirit is from above 
and not below. It is the work of the Gospel and not of law 
alone, much less of arms alone. 

The "rod of iron" is necessary; law is necessary; moral 
education in the schools and educational forces, like the 
Reader's Digest, are necessary, but above all, true Christian- 
ity is necessary. The Lord may rule over His kingdom through 
"princes" (Ezek. 45:8, 9) but His spiritual presence is and 
shall be real. All Utopian pagan plans have failed, but coop- 
erative federations like the British Empire, the United States. 
and the Pan-American Union have had success because based 
in part on Christian principles. The coming kingdom will be 
neither Jewish nor Gentile, but Christian. The "growing 
pains," of the awakening world consciousness are like the 
"spring fever" which we all know. In spite of them the sum- 
mer will come. The trees are budding. Luke 21:29-31. 

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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. CIdir Benshoff; Topic Editor 

"ToDici copyrighted bj thp Intematioaai Society of Chrlfltian Eiid©a?or. 
Used by tienniasion." 



Topic for January 9, 1943 

"BE STILL AND KNOW" 

Scripture: Psalms 4:4; 46:10 

For The Leader 

It is a good thing when we can take the time to "be still" 
and to plan with God. We are still at the beginning of this 
new year. A lot of time and service lies ahead of us. If nat- 
ural events continue, it will be a year of a lot of fast inove- 
ment on our part. As a nation we are keyed up to a war- 
fever tempo. These is little time for rest or meditation. Few 
people are up-to-date in the things they have to do. We tend 
to ignore the things which do not have to be done, in favor 
of the so called necessary duties. Thus we tend to overlook 
the quiet periods of meditation and prayer which we need. 
The hour of prayer is laid aside in favor of earthly duties. 
We are paying the penalty in unrest, nervousness and dis- 
content. 

From out of the scriptures comes this call, "Be still and 
know." Its word at once bring a calm and a peace. The hour 
of prayer will better fit us for the day of work. It dare not 
be neglected, for to so do means the loss of our spiritual 
anchor, even Christ. 

DISCUSSION 

1. "BE STILL." To a child, the words "be still" are but a 
prelude to a greater activity. As well tell Niagara to stop 
flowing as to tell a child to be still. But we are a little older 
physically, if not in some other ways, and we should know 




the meaning of these words. How often we have seen a 
person who is ever on the go, always rushing madly from 
one task to another, starting many things, and getting little 
done. A day to them is but a burning up of nervous and 
physical energy. We say to them, "be still" and we find that 
they do not know how to be still. 

Likewise with the Christian. We have become so conceited 
to think that unless we are ever on the go that the work 
of the Lord will fail. Not so, for Christ is back of His work. 
There comes the time each day when we are to be still. That 
is, a quiet period of time when we should commune with our 
Lord. We are often weak and helpless as Christians because 
we have not taken the time to "be still" with God. Fifteen 
minutes alone with God in the morning will give strength for 
fifteen hours of labor a day. We need God to help over temp- 
tation throughout the day. So, let us be still and listen to 
God when he speaks. 

2. "BE STILL AND KNOW." One of the great sources of 
strength for the day is the knowledge that God is with us in 
our work. If you don't believe this, just try living a day 
without God. Forget to pray in the morning. Forget to thank 
Him at meal times. Forget to read your Bible. Forget to 
thank Him for the benefits of life. Forget to trust Him. At 
night, go to bed, and, if you still can, forget to pray to Him. 
If you are any kind of a Christian at all, you will never get 
to the end of that day without feeling your personal loss of 
God's companionship. Before night comes you will realize 
how much you depend on God. 

If you are used to getting along without God, just try 
a day with Him. Pray at morning time, at meals, at night. 
Trust Him and praise Him. Seek His company in all things. 
Then go back to the old careless way, if you can. 

The inspiring Christian is the one who has a close walk 
with God. It comes from the period of morning meditation, 
from aciking God's blessing upon the day's work. It comes 
from KNOWING that God goes with us. We need God this 
year. Let us trust Him more each day. Let us feel Him! 
nearer to us. I 

3. "KNOW THAT I AM GOD." This is the full intention 
of this verse. We are to be still and know that Jehovah; 
Lord, is God. None other, no other gods, but Jehovah God. 
If there is more than one God, then to have order and reason 
in the universe, there must be one supreme God. For instance, 
banks have a lot of presidents, and a very dignified list of 
people the presidents are. But do you notice that of the 
whole list, there is but one real President? The rest are still 
presidents, but they are Vice-Presidents. One must be the 
supreme. So, even if there were many gods in this world, one 
would still have to be above the rest and cliief God. 

We Christians have a much easier time of it. Through oui 
meditation and faith we realize that of the whole universe, 
that of the whole eternities, there is God, the Eternal. He 
is ever present, all powerful, all knowing, and personal. While 
He is God of the ages, He is also God of the individual whc 
has yielded his heart to Him. Eternal God is a Spirit anc 
He communes with His image in us, our spirit, when w( 
open our heart to Him. We are accountable to Him for al 
that we do. It is to our advantage to seek His face througl 
our meditation and prayer. Then to follow Him where'er hi 
leads us this year. 

4. OUR GOD CANNOT BE RUSHED. We note the word' 
of sur scripture suggest a time of quiet. Yes, it takes timi 
to commune with God. It cannot be a rush proposition. Man; 
people have testified that it takes hours to effect the prope i 
attitude with God. Sometimes we must wait until our bodie 
become quieted, our nerves rested, and our thoughts coUecte 
before we can feel God near to us. But it is worth it. Th 
soul which has been alone with God is a powerful soul. Thi 



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is the soul which will exalt God and praise Him. This is the 
soul which will seek to bring others to Christ. This soul will 
serve Christ in the Church. There may not be much in the 
way of publicity or earthly honor, but such a person will live 
gloriously for Christ, 

In this modern day, we do not take time enough to wor- 
ship God. If a worship service goes one minute over the hour, 
about 757c of the audience goes home mentally. It is tragic, 
but no longer can we let the Spirit direct the length of the 
services. We must close on the dot. This is because we are 
rushed. But God cannot be rushed. The heart which desires 
to commune with Him must wait his bidding. A cleansed 
heart, a forgiving spirit, a longing for God will do wonders 
in bringing our hearts in tune with God. If we practice the 
hour of meditation at morning time and the hour of praise 
at night, our lives will be of that kind which Christ can use. 
It is the life that will win the moral and spiritual battles of 
1944. 

QUESTIONS 

1. How long should our morning and evening prayers be? 

2. How often during the day should we pray? 

3. What things will help us to pray in public? 

4. What is meant by "preaching in prayers?" 

5. How does God speak to us ? 

6. When does God speak to us? 



The Children s Story 

Mrs. Loretta Carrithers, Supt. 

Dear Children: 

"Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth." 
—Matthew 6:3. 

I once knew an old man who was very wealthy, but he had 
a stingy heart. He had made most of his money by pinching 
pennies. He never spent much money on himself or on any 
one else. In fact, he never married because he was afraid 
it would cost too much to support a wife. So he lived alone 
and kept on hoarding his money. 

He was a very regular attendant at church, and when he 
was absent one could be pretty sure that he was ill. He en- 
tered heartily into the singing and was very attentive to the 
sermon, but when the plate was passed he always dropped in 
a copper cent. 

Now it happened one morning after service when the trus- 
tees were counting the offering they found a five dollar gold 
piece among the coins. They were highly elated to think that 
one of the worshippers would make such a fine contribution. 
Just then our stingy friend rushed up excitedly and said he 
had put in a five dollar gold piece by mistake thinking it was 
a new cent aid asked for four dollars and ninety-nine cents 
in change. But the treasurer of the church said, "You gave 
it to the Lord. It belongs to Him now and I cannot give it 
back. Besides, you should not let your left hand know what 
your right hand doeth." The old man went away in a rage 
for he know nothing about the real joy that comes from 
giving to the Lord. He didn't give as the Lord had prospered 
him, and it made him a miser. 

When Jesus was standing in the temple. He noticed how 
the people were putting their gifts into the treasury. The 
rich men came with large sums, but Jesus didn't say much 
about them. He was interested in a poor woman who cast 
two mites into the box. Then He said, "This poor widow hath 



cast more in than all they which have east into the treasury; 
for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her 
want did cast in all that she had even her living." 

So you see that Jesus doesn't measure a gift by its size, 
but by the amount the person has left after giving the gift. 
The poor widow had nothing left so she made the greatest 
sacrifice. 

One day a crowd of five thousand people followed Jesus 
into the country. It was getting late, and they were hungry. 
Most of them had forgotten to take food with them. Andrew- 
found a boy who had five small barley cakes and two dried 
fishes for his lunch. The boy gladly gave them to Jesus. Then 
Jesus fed the multitude. He blessed the lunch so that there 
was enough for all and twelve basketsfull remained. No doubt 
He gave the surplus to the generous lad. 

This story illustrates the fact that God always blesses the 
person who gives to Him. Jesus said, "Give and it shall be 
given unto you," and God said, "Bring ye all the tithes into 
the storehouse and prove me herewith, if I will not open the 
mndows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there 
shall not be room enough to receive it." 

Let us give to God generously, sacrificially, and willingly. 
Then we shall find that, "it is more blessed to give than to 
receive." 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 

BULLETIH BOARV SUGGESTIONS 
Suggested by Rev. E. J. Bcel^ey 

1. God is no respecter of persons. 

2. The Lord gives His presence to those that recognize Him. 

3. It is better to be in trouble and have God with you, than 
it is to be out of trouble without Him. 

4. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. 

5. Don't criticize the Bible, let the Bible criticize you. 

6. Worship is conscious recognition of God. 

7. Sins get all people dowm. 

8. Salvation gets all people up. 

PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Susgested Outlines 

LESSON 50 
Subject: Joshua, the Successor of Moses 

1. Joshua was the son of Nun of the tribe of Ephraim. He 
was first mentioned at the battle of Amalek, where he led 
the forces of Israel. Numbers 13:8; Exodus 17:9. 

2. He became the companion of Moses, serving him and at- 
tending him on certain important occasions. He went part 
way up Mt. Sinai when the ten commandments were given 
to Moses. Exodus 24:12, 13; Exodus 33:11. 

3. Joshua was one of the spies sent from Kadesh to view 
the land of Canaan. With Caleb, he brought back a good re- 
port of the land. Ten of the spies were afraid of the people 
in Canaan and recommended going back to Egypt. Caleb and 
Joshua were full of faith and eager to go up at once. Num- 
bers 13:30; Numbers 14:6. 7, 8. 



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4. All the murmurers died in the wilderness, that is, all 
above twenty years old. The ten spies were slain by the 
plague. Caleb and Joshua were rememembered and blessed 
by the Lord for their faithfulness. Numbers 14:22-24; Num- 
bers 14:28-30. 

5. Joshua was divinely appointed and ordained as successor 
of Moses. Moses gave a solemn charge before all Israel, and 
pledged the presence of the Lord. Numbers 27:18-2.3; Deu- 
teronomy 31:7, 8. 

fi. After the death of Moses Joshua was divinely installed 
as leader of the children of Israel. The Lord gave him en- 
couragement for his task, and told him what he must do to 
be successful. Notice especially verse 8 of the following refer- 
ence. Joshua 1:1-9. 

7. Joshua did not argue with the Lord. He was more than 
ready to go. Indeed, he had been ready to go for forty years. 
As soon as he got the signal to move, he moved. Joshu:\ 
1:10, 11. 

8. As Joshua opened his campaign three supernatural things 
happened to him which showed that the Lord was with him. 
First, the river Jordan divided to let the Israelites pass over. 
Joshua 3:14-17. 

Second, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joshua and told 
him how and where to attack the great city of Jericho. 
Joshua 5:13-15; Joshua 6:2-5. 

Third, the walls of the city fell flat, after the divine plan 
had been carried out. Joshua 6:12-21. 

9. Joshua met with only one reverse. He was defeated 
when he first attacked Ai. Some one had disobeyed, and ab- 
solute obedience is necessary in the Lord's army. (Have some 
read Chapter 7 before the class convenes, and tell the story 
in class). 

10. Joshua went steadily forward until the greater portion 
of the land had been subdued. In all, he dethroned thirty-one 
kings. Before he died he delivered a valuable farewell ad- 
dress to Israel. Joshua left a precious influence in Israel. 
Joshua 24:14-16; Joshua 24:29-31. 



PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT NEWS 

Conducted by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

An Unusual Revival at Calvary, N. J. 

The Calvary Brethren Church has just experienced one of 
her greatest revivals. Rev. Charles Johnson of Carleton, Ne- 
braska, was the evangelist. A two weeks meeting was the 
original schedule, but the attendance and interest demanded 
a third week. This shows that gas and tire shortage did 
not prevent people from hearing the old, old story when 
preached under the anointing of the Spirit. The average at- 
tendance of the entire series of meetings was in excess of 
fifty, which is a good crowd for a church located at the inter- 
section of country roads. Some travelled over twenty miles 
one way, and one couple, in particular, traveled fifty miles 
to attend. The services were supported by delegations from 
neighboring churches and prayer groups of the county. Neigh- 
boring pastors attended and assisted in making the meetings 
a success. 

The members and friends of the Calvary Church are to be 
commended for their faithfulness. One family driving fifteen 
miles one way did not miss a single service; another family, 
driving fourteen miles one way, missed but one service. A 
lady, seventy-two years of age, walked three miles twice in 
order to attend the meetings; another lady of eighty-one 
years missed but one service. Although plans had not been 



made to use outside talent, many times the pastor, Rev. E. 
J. Black, was compelled to omit some musical selections be- 
cause the program was so full of voluntary talent. 

At the close of the evangelistic service on Saturday eve- 
ning, November 20, about twenty came forward for recon- 
secration, and at the concluding service the entire congre- 
gation with few exceptions came forward for prayer and 
rededication. Three young people made the good confession, 
and there will be several additions to the local membership 
by letter and by baptism. These additions are all sincere 
young men and women for whom the pastor and people 
have been praying for several years, and they are fitted for 
places of leadership in the church. 

The kindness and hospitality shown the pastor and evan- 
gelist during the three weeks as they visited in the homes 
of the congregation and community was superb. Rev. Johnson 
began to fear that he would become so stout from the Jersey 
menus that the Nebraska people would not be able to recog- 
nize him on his return. Brother Black was very pleasantly 
surprised on the evening of his birthday, which came within 
the time of the meetings, when the evangelist "pulled" a sur- 
prise by presenting several gifts and a purse of money to 
him from the people. 

Brother Black expresses his thanks publicly to Brother 
Johnson for his splendid messages, and his sincere and direct 
manner of delivering deep, inspiring and helpful sermons. 
He deems it also a privilege and a joy to have entertained 
him in the parsonage where much profitable' fellowship was 
enjoyed. 

The Regional Bible Conference 

held its monthly conference at the Sergeantsville Brethren 
Church, Sergeantsville, N. J., Friday, December 3. The after- 
noon session opened at three o'clock with twenty-eight pres- 
ent. Rev. Clifford Greiner, pastor of the Clinton Baptist 
Church, brought a very practical lecture on the subject, "The 
Second Coming of Our Lord." Over one hundred, including 
eight ministers, were in attendance at the evening session. 
Rev. Herman Armerding of Plainfield, N. J., was the guest 
speaker. His subject, "The Four Portraits of Christ," was 
very interesting and inspiring. 




News From Our 
Churches 



MEXICO, INDIANA 

The second Sunday in October the Mexico Brethren Church 
observed Rally Day and Homecoming. Sunday School and 
worship hour in the morning and the sermon by our pastor, 
Rev. Arthur Tinkle. There was a bountiful dinner at the 
noon hour. In the afternoon. Dr. J. Raymond Schutz, pastor 
of our North Manchester Church, gave a very inspiring mes- 
sage. A program of music and readings made an inspiring 
afternoon service. 

The week of November 7-14 Rev. C. C. Grisso conducted a 
Bible conference for us using illustrated charts on God's 
Plan of Redemption from Genesis to Revelation. These studies 
were greatly appreciated and very instructive to all. They 
made the sinner think about his soul and made the Christian 
rejoice in his redemption. We recommend Brother Grisso and 
his illustrated charts to any church. We had splendid cooper- 



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ation from other churches in our town. On Saturday night 
three girls from Taylor University rendered two beautiful 
vocal numbers. On Sunday night the choir of the Church of 
the Brethren had charge of the music. 

On Sunday evening, November 21st, we held our Love 
Feast. This was a very impressive service, but not as well 
attended as it should have been. We were pleased to have 
some of the members of the Peru Brethren Church present 
to commune with us in this happy service. We miss our 
young men who are serving our country when we gathei' 
around our communion tables, as well as at other services. 

Miss Barbara Beecher, a returned missionary from India, 
will speak to us in the near future, and the Tripper sisters of 
Peru will give a musical program. 

Mrs. C. H. Black. 

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TRAVEL FLASHES 
Burlington, Indiana 

"In the heart of the corn belt" or if not that, it seemed 
so to a Buckeye. About the finest two-weeks of weather one 
ever saw at this time of the year, with plenty of Fall work 
still to be done and an epidemic of "colds" — that was the 
mixture we experienced in this splendid country of good roads, 
big fanns and the worried and troubled people with exciting 
news and rumors with every new hour — all this and somo 
more was a part of the revival at this town of Burlington, 
Indiana. 

Wayne Swihart, one of our youngest pastors, settled here 
only since the School Year started and with two churches to 
pastor, together with a full-course school job, missed not a 
night and did his part as fully and diligently as the insuffi- 
cient hours of the day would allow. We had splendid fel- 
lowship together and ate a good many luxurious meals in the 
homes of the Brethren. Mrs. Bame who spent a week with me 
here and then slipped away to Chicago wrote back to me 
"anyway, wherever you are, you are well cared for; it is 
a fine bunch of people in that church. I liked them." As a 
certain autioneer repeatedly said: "anybody would." We 
had a lovely home with Brother Charles Hendrix near school 
and Church with a full-upstairs to ourselves and the best of 
cuisine all the time. We had other places to go for a part 
of the time, but stuck fast here because all was so con- 
genial and so completely satisfactory. 

Co-operation was good from the Church of the Brethren 
folks near here. On one night, they gave special music and 
gave us almost one-third of our audience. From the town 
churches, we had about the poorest attendance of any of our 
meetings for many months. 

The attendance was good all through the two weeks. Flora 
Brethren dismissed one Sunday night and with Cambria, 
that traveled 15 miles also with us, the house was filled to 
capacity which is not too usual these days with half of our 
people tied up in the war and war-work. The "Pillars of the 
church" whose names one does not need to mention, knowm 
in each congregation because of their pressing and ultimate 
necessity to its continuity were with us at every meeting 
and gave needed encouragement and assistance. One business 
man told me "the day after" that he supposed that I was 
not satisfied with the results but he could testify that we 
"did a lot of good." I like to hear of such testimonies, espe- 
cially from merchants "not of us," even though I do expect 
this man soon to be of us. 

No evangelist who counts results by the number of "con- 
verts" these days, would remain at such a task. Even though 
the collections are better than they have sometimes been, it 
takes courage to go from place to place with only a small 



percentage of results compared with a quarter century ago; 
but our command is the same and the need so much greater 
that we continue urging our Church people never to forsake 
the direction of our progress in the course of our Lord Jesus 
Christ who ordered "some evangelists." If we allow our peo- 
ple to depend on card-signing — a thing that makes no real 
Christians; if we do not use these opportunities to "strength- 
en our brethren," we are remiss in our fidelity to HIM. We did 
get results. A number of young people decided to follow 
Jesus and become Christians and will be baptized later. Others 
who did not fully yield, encouraged us by their faithfulness 
to hear the gospel message; the word which is "quick and 
powerful and sharp" and of which it is said: it "will not re- 
turn unto me void." 

Charles A. Bame, Carey, Ohio. 

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NEWS FROM MT. OLIVE CHURCH, VIRGINIA 

The Mt. Olive Brethren church in Rockingham County, 
Virginia, completed its physical preparation for the Fall and 
Winter months by the building of a new chimney. This was 
a much needed repair since the former one had become 
dangerous to use. 

The church plant now seems in good condition. The spir- 
itual state of the church should be greatly improved and in 
good condition since October 4 to 17 found us engaged in a 
revival series of services under the able leadership of Broth- 
er Clarence Fairbanks, our pastor at Washington. Three per- 
sons were baptized on the last night of the meeting and the 
services of confirmation followed. 

Brother Fairbanks, a recent graduate of our Seminary, is 
a very consecrated and well prepared young man. His man- 
ner of delivery is forceful and interesting. His sermons were 
Biblical and well illustrated. The attendance, consequently, 
was consistent and very good in numbers for the present 
when consideration is given to the long distances some of 
our people have to travel on ever shortening gasoline ra- 
tions. 

The Lord blessed us with perfect weather for the meeting 
since for the most part it was fair and warm. The offering 
brought for the evangelist was the best of any since my 
long pastorate here, which thing was a source of satisfaction 
to me. 

Mrs. Fairbanks and charming little baby daughter were 
here for the meeting as w-as a member of ours now residing 
in Washington, Brother Walter Koontz. We were very glad 
to welcome him into our midst again. Brother Koontz was 
formerly our Sunday School Superintendent and together 
with Brother Joseph Beckone did most of the labor and 
planning of our new Sunday School rooms and general im- 
provement of the looks and comfort of our house of worship. 

The appointment which I missed here by being in Ashland. 
Ohio, was cared for by a former pastor. Rev. George W. 
Chambers, who now resides at Roadesville, Orange County, 
Virginia. While in Ashland I was glad to see Fels Lam and 
Dorothy, his wife. Fels is a member of this church and the 
people here rejoice with him in his achievements as student 
and now as pastor of the Dickey Church of the Brethren. 
Dorothy Lam is the college nurse, as well as a college stu- 
dent, and doing well at both, besides keeping house at the 
parsonage next door to the church. They were beginning a 
revival there the days ours in Ashland closed. 

We want to thank the Washington Church for loaning us 
Brother Fairbanks for the meeting and trust and pray that 
their church will grow in grace and in numbers under his 
leadership. 

John F. Locke, Pastor. 



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CALVARY, NEW JERSEY REVIVAL 

At General Conference of this year arrangements were 
made for me to go to New Jersey to assist in a meeting 
at the Calvary church. The date was set for the 31st of Oc- 
tober. On that date I spoke to the Sergeantsville Church in 
the morning and in the afternoon opened our meeting at 
Calvary. Here is a small church, set at the cross roads of 
one of the many roads of New Jersey. The membership is 
not large but what they lack in numbers they made up in 
quality for here I found a people that knew how to pray 
and to work for the things of God, in the face of great oppo- 
sition. People said an Evangelistic meeting could not be held 
at the present time because of gas and tire rationing and 
people being too busy but where a people are willing to pay 
the price and leave the results with God He can overrule 
all difficulties. 

It might be of interest to notice what people will do who 
are interested in the things of God. People came to this 
meeting, but where from : from all over the country. On 
the closing Sunday Brother Black took a show of hands. Ten 
had traveled less than five miles, nine between five and 
ten miles, eighteen between ten and fifteen rails, four be- 
tween fifteen and twenty miles and four over twenty miles. 
The count was taken on Sunday but this was a regular thing 
at each service. Some who did not have the gas to use walked 
to their work that they might drive to church in the evening. 

No special arrangements have been made for music yet 
folks came in, offering their services, until it became neces- 
sary to ration time. The meeting was scheduled for two 
weeks but toward the close of the second week the interest 
was growing to such an extent it was voted to continue for 
another week. What God can do if we will but do our part. 
Calvary today has three young men and one young lady 
who are looking forward to a more definite work for the 
Master. May He ever encourage them in the forward looking 
step. 

The treatment to the Evangelist was such as to make one 
long to go back. Homes were opened, meals served and 
words of encouragement spoken, to such an extent as to 
embarrass one when he thought of his many imperfections. 
The offering given was beyond expectation. 

Brother Black is doing a fine piece of work in New Jersey. 
It is not all roses for him for among the many roses are 
also the thorns. Why is it that in the Garden of God w-here 
one has his choice of being either a rose or a thorn, so many 
choose to be thorns? Yet amid all the trials he continues to 
go forward. It was a real joy to have folks tell me of their 
love for their pastor. 

May the abounding love of God ever lead this people on 
to greater fields of usefulness for Him is my sincere prayer. 

C. E. Johnson. 

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REVIVAL SERVICE AT STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA 

The Stockton Brethren Church is still reaping the rich 
harvest of blessings brought about by the ministry of Rev. 
Robert Palmer and Rev. and Mrs. Melvin Palmer in a special 
revival service held October 24 to November 7. 

The evening services were conducted by Brother Robert 
Palmer; and through his stirring messages the brethren were 
all brought closer to the Lord. 

Brother Melvin Palmer, The Blind Evangelist, and his wife 
led the Volunteer Club for school children each afternoon. 
The first day's attendance was only five, but by the end of 
the first week there were thirty-nine children of grammar 
and junior high school ages present. 



Through the power of the Holy Spirit, and through the 
united effort of all the Palmers, a number of children and 
one man were led to accept Jesus Christ as their own personal 
Savior from sin. The conversion of the husband and father 
of a family of six marked the completion of a Christian fam- 
ily circle. 

It is the prayer of the entire congregation that God may 
richly bless these loved ones as they continue to serve Him 
in this wonderful way. 

Virgil Ingraham. 

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GEORGETOWN, DELAWARE 

It was a great pleasure to us in Delaware to have Brother 
I. D. Bowman with us for a week, to hear some of the Proph- 
etic lectures prepared by him. We felt that they were a 
storehouse of information as well as a mine from which 
he drew out and made clear the Heavenly scenery. It was a 
real treat to the Mt. Olivet Brethren to have Brother Bow- 
man with us. Our folks enjoyed him as he visited their homes 
as well as the service he rendered in the Church. Brother 
Bowman always tries to leave the Church in a stronger spir- 
itual condition and in a fuller fellowship with their pastor. 
These are two good points for every evangelist or invited 
speaker to have. 

We were also fortunate the same week to have with us 
"The Good Will Trio." These three girls were formerly in 
my parish when I was the pastor of the AUentown Brethren 
Church. The trio sang some of the most wonderful and up- 
lifting hymns for us. Their harmony was of the best and their 
voices very sweet. Our members and the outsiders visiting 
with us speak very highly of their work and stay with us. 
We all hope some day that the Lord will make it possible 
for us to have them with us for a Camp-meeting as they 
would be a blessing unto us and a drawing card for out- 
siders. These Girls of AUentown come from good substantial 
Brethren and I enjoyed the loyal friendship of the Silberman 
and Seagreaves, while as their pastor, as well as when the 
opportunity so affords it. Two of these girls I took into fel- 
lowship with the church while there as pastor; these are 
Eileen and Ethel Silberman. The third was Janice Seagreaves. 
She was as a little child, an attendant of our Sunday School 
with her parents George and Evelyn Seagreaves. May I say, 
that the girls stay with us was both pleasant and helpful. 

The last Sunday at the morning service we licensed Brother 
George Hagenbuch to preach while he completed his studies 
for the Ministry at the Moody Bible Institute. This act was 
taken by the Church here at a called meeting at the church 
on the previous Friday. Our desire was to try to help Brother 
Hagenbuch to help himself while in school, this help would 
go two ways, in experience by study and preaching and 
with the remuneration to help pay the expenses. While as 
Pastor in AUentown, Pa., I baptized Brother George Hagen- 
buch, who later married our oldest daughter Ruth. 

We are glad to know that these are both going to school 
and as Brother Hagenbuch had some training at Moody 
before he is allowed the credit for that work and hope to go 
right on to his completion for the Ministry. Ruth will take 
voice and thereby be a helper in the work before them. When 
Brother Hagenbuch graduates the Church hopes to present 
him before the Brethren Examining Board and if agreeable 
to them will have him ordained to the ministry. 

May we hope and pray that the Brethren Church will con- 
tinue to have no other Creed than the Bible, and that we will 
stand for the Bible, the Whole Bible and NOTHING but the 
Bible. 

S. E. Christiansen. 



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McCLOY — Mrs. Annie Myers McCloy departed this mortal 
earth sphere on November 17, 1943, aged 76 years, 8 months 
and 2 days. She was the wife of D. C. McCloy, relict, and 
together with her late husband was one of the charter mem- 
bers of the Mt. Pleasant Brethren church. During the writer's 
second pastorate of the Uniontown congregation she and her 
husband cast their lot with the Uniontown group. A bit over 
six years ago Sister McCloy suffered a paralytic stroke, from 
which she never recovered, remaining a helpless invalid who 
was tenderly and devotedly cared for by her son and his 
fine wife. Many of the Brethren ministers who have preached 
for the Mt. Pleasant congregation will remember the hos- 
pitality of her home during their stay in the community. 

Sister McCloy is survived by her son — and only child — 
Arthur, a brother. Elder M. C. Myers, of Wilkinsburg, Penna., 
a grandson, Mr. Jack McCloy, of Mt. Pleasant, and three 
great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the family 
home in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday afternoon, November 20, 
with Rev. J. E. Hartman, of the Reunion Presbyterian church 
of Mt. Pleasant (of which church the son and wife are mem- 
bers) in charge and the writer as a representative of the 
Brethren church, and a long-time friend of the deceased, as- 
sisting. Interment was in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery beside 
her husband. "We sorrow not as those who have no hope." 

Dyoll Belote. 



He left his companion, one son, Leonard, three grand- 
children, one sister and three brothers. Funeral services were 
conducted by his pastor. Brother H. E. Eppley and the un- 
dersigned. 

R. F. Porte. 



GARLAND— The Pittsburgh First Brethren Church has 
been called upon to be parted by the messenger of death, 
from another of its older and ever faithful members. Mrs. 
Mary Ann (Moore) Garland departed this life October 5th, 
1943, after a brief illness of pneumonia and complications, 
in her seventy-seventh year. 

She was the youngest of a family of six children of Rev. 
Samuel A. Moore, a dunkard minister, and Mrs. Moore, and 
was born in Bedford County, Pa., near Saxton. After remov- 
ing to Cambria and to Somerset Counties, the family located 
in Pittsburgh in 1889. She became a member of the First 
Brethren Church in 1894, and was active and constructive in 
its interests through the long years which followed. 

Married to Joseph W. Garland in 1884, four sons were born, 
all of whom survive and are members of the First Church. 
Two of them serve in official capacities. Three grandchildren 
also survive, one a staff sergeant in the military. 

Funeral services were conducted from a funeral home by 
this WTiter, who became her pastor only two months before 
her death, assisted by Rev. W. H. Neff, of the Pittsburgh 
Church of the Brethren. 

Truly, "Blessed are the dead" — who live and die in the 
Lord, and doubly blessed are their children. 

William S. Crick. 



MAUZY — Howard L. Mauzy was born in Tippecanoe Town- 
ship, Kosciusko County, Indiana, near Dutchtovvn, on Octo- 
ber 23, 1885 and passed to his eternal reward on Sunday, 
October 31, 1943, at the age of 58 years. 

Brother Mauzy was one of those Christian men to whom 
a pastor looks for advice and help. He filled the office of 
deacon, Sunday School superintendent and teacher at various 
times during his life. Always faithful, congenial, kind and 
helpful to every one. The community has lost a valuable 
neighbor and Christian gentleman and his place will remain 
vacant in the Dutchtown Brethren Church for a long time. 



HARPER — Elizabeth Harper, for many years a loyal mem- 
ber of the Ashland Brethren church, departed this life No- 
vember 11, 1943, aged eighty-three years, six months and 
twenty-five days. She had been an invalid for quite a num- 
ber of years, during which she suffered patiently, until death 
released her, and she died in the triumph of a living faith 
in the Lord to whom she liad long ago surrendered her life. 

She leaves to mourn her departure, two sons, one sister, 
six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, and a host 
of sincere friends and Brethren. 

Funeral services were conducted by the writer, assisted 
by Brother Inman, pastor of the city Church of the Brethren. 
Burial was made in the cemetery at Hayesville, Ohio, in 
which village she had spent many of the years of her earthly 

sojourn. 

■ -,-■-,, Martin Shively. 



BARINGER — Mrs. Celesta Keyes Baringer passed away at 
her home in Fremont, Ohio, on Thursday, December 2, 1943, 
at the age of seventy-five years. She had been in failing 
health for several years. 

She was bom November 8, 1867 in Marion, Ohio, the 
daughter of the late George and Sophia Keyes. She was mar- 
ried to Philip J. Baringer in Marion County, Ohio, in 1886. 
He preceded her in death in 1897. To this union was born 
one son, E. W. Baringer. In 1900 she was united in marriage 
to John Baringer, half-brother of her first husband. Follow- 
ing this marriage they moved to Fremont. John Baringer 
preceded her in death in 1920. 

She was a member of the W. C. T. U. and the First Breth- 
ren Church of Fremont. She was superintendent of the Sun- 
day School for many years and Treasurer of the church for 
a long period, until ill health forced her to give up her duties. 

Surviving besides the son are a granddaughter. Miss Ava 
Baringer, one step-grandson, Edward Raschke, a step-grand- 
daughter, Mrs. Ralph Cessna. A brother, Sylvester E. Keyes 
of Marion, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Gruber of Marion County, 
also survive. 

Funeral services were held at the Ochs Funeral Home with 
Rev. Frank A. Jordan of Clyde officiating. Burial was made 
at Marion, Ohio, with short services at the grave. 



RENSBERGER— Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Rensberger passed 
away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alta Walters, near 
Walkerton, Indiana, on November 23, 1943. She was the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hoke, and was born in 
Huntington County, Indiana. She was married to Mr. Simon 
Rensberger on April 17, 1887 and to this union was born 
one son and one daughter. The son, John Rensberger, is a 
resident of Bryan, Ohio. Her husband passed away December 
4, 1935. 

For many years they lived on a farm near Teegarden, 
Indiana. They were members of the Brethren Church in Tee- 
garden and were very active church workers as long as pos- 
sible. Since the death of her husband she has not been able 
to attend and take an active part as much as she, would 
have liked to. Her death was caused by a paralytic stroke. 

The funeral services were conducted by the writer in the 
Teegarden Church on Saturday, November 27th, at ten 
o'clock, and in the First Brethren Church in Elkhart, Indiana, 



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on the same day at two o'clock, assisted by Brother Monroe, 
pastor of the Teegarden Church, Brother Claud Studebaker, 
pastor of the South Bend Church, and Brother George Pon- 
tius of Elkhart. Burial in Elkhart. 

C. A. Stewart. 



TAYLOR — Mrs. Elizabeth C. Taylor was born at Lancas- 
ter, Huntington County, Indiana, on June 11, 1869 and de- 
parted this life at Olney, Illinois, November 26, 1943. She 
was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Paul. 

In her early life she united with the Brethren Church. She 
was interested in the general work of the church and often 
attended the state and national conferences. She held her 
membership with the First Brethren Church at Roanoke, In- 
diana. 

She is survived by one son, Carolos B. Taylor of Olney, 
Illinois. The funeral was in charge of her pastor, assisted by 
Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer, pastor of the First Brethren Church 
of Huntington. The services were held in the Bailey Funeral 
Home at Huntington. 

S. C. Henderson. 



METCALF— Mrs. Emma Metcalf of Teegarden, Indiana, 
passed to her reward November 27, 1943. She was born in 
Marshall County, Indiana, on March 30, 1867, and lived most 
of her life in Teegarden. 

Mrs. Metcalf and her husband, Geo. B. Metcalf, were loyal 
and faithful members of the Brethren Church. Mr. Metcalf 
preceded his companion in death fourteen years ago. 

The funeral service was held in the Teegarden Brethren 
Church, the writer officiating. 

O. C. Lemert. 



IN MEMORIAM 

In memory of Miss Viola McBride, beloved member of th>; 
West Third Street Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio. Services 
held at West Alexandria, Ohio, by Rev. E. J. Beekley. 



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The Largest OFfering Yet 

That is the goal that is being set before the brotherhood 
for the Publication Day Offering the last Sunday in January. 
There are good reasons why that offering should be the 
largest. 

1. In these critical times the church's agency for printing 
and spreading abroad the Gospel Message and all matters 
relating to religious life and work must be enabled to operate 
in the most efficient manner. 



The church's task was never more challenging than it is 
today. Many church leaders realize this fact, but it 
must grip the mind and heart of the rank and file. Polit- 
ical leaders and government officials are acknowledging it. 
We have already had occasion to witness public recognition 
of the vital importance of the church to the maintenance of 
home morale. In our capacity as Business Manager we have 
presented to certain government officials the vital importance 
to the national welfare of allowing the church and its print- 
ing plant to operate unimpeded and unhindered in efficiency. 
And thus far we have received favorable response and have 
been allowed the skilled labor necessary. If the government 
gives recognition to the church as an institution that is essen- 
tial to its life in these trying times, how much more ought 
the members of the church themselves be alive to the urgency 
of supplying the funds and other means of support that are 
so necessary to the highest efficiency of the church's printing 
plant, which in turn is necessary to the church's best service 
to a nation in distress and to the hungry hearts of men and 
women ? Let us thing seriously of the challenge that is pre- 
sented to us in these times. 

2. A second reason why we should give largely to the Pub- 
lication Day Offering is because the Publishing arm of the 
church is a vital and very real part of the Lord's work com- 
mitted unto his church. 

The very fact that God has given unto men his written 
Revelation and has caused it to be preserved in spite of fire 
and sword and heretic through the centuries is sufficient proof 
that he would have us continue the propagation of that blessed 
Word through the printed page. 

This is a note we have often sounded, but must continue to 
re-echo until it has gotten into the hearts as well as on the 
ears of our people. God has placed it upon our hearts to urge 
that you give to and support in every way, the Publishing 
House as you would the strong arm of the church. 

3. Again, the offering should be large this year because 
it is the aim to use a portion of it to apply on the finishin,g 
of at least one of the rentals that we have on our hands but 
not ready for use. 

Once the little building erected beside the Publishing House 
is finished and ready for occupancy, it can be easily rented 
and be a source of income. The other apartments are also yet 
to be finished, but we cannot go any faster ^vith that work 
than the funds supplied by the church make possible. And 
finishing the rentals is by no means the only big and urgent 
need of the Publishing House. Much equipment ought to be 
modernized and renewed. But these needs are for future chap- 
ters in our story. Suffice it to say now that we are asking for 
the offering to be increased far enough above the amount 
usually given for the support of the Publishing House to en- 
able us to pay for the finishing of the little building that will 
soon be ready for rental, thanks to the aggressiveness of 
the Prudential Committee. 

4. A fourth reason for a large and generous offering is 
because the Publication Day Offering is an authorized annual 
offering of General Conference, and the National Goals Pro- 
gram adopted by the 1943 Conference calls for an annual 
offering of at least $.5,000.00. 

That calls for a larger offering in all our churches than 
has customarily been given. $5,000 is not an unreasonable 
asking for a cause so vital. It can easily be given if the 
churches catch the vision. 

Give as unto the Lord and in a manner that would not 
cause you to be ashamed, if He stood in your church watch- 
ing the givers, as he watched them dropping their gifts in 
Temple box of old. 




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tions and contributed articles to 

The Brethren Publishing Company, 
Ashland, Ohio 

F)nterKl tA second t^lasa matter Bt Asblaod. Ohio. Aoceuted fur nsutni 

»i nr«'itl rate, section 1103. act of October 3. 1917. AutJioiixed 

September 3. 1928. 



INTERESTING ITEMS 



CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

What Does the Church Mean to You ?— Editorial— F. C. V. .3 
A Word from the President of the Publication Board — 

J. E. Stookey 4 

An Evaluation of the Brethren Publishing Company — 

Rev. J. G. Dodds 4 

Our Publishing House — Rev. C. A. Stewart 5 

Creating An Asset — Dr. R. F. Porte o 

Christian Endeavor News 6 

The Tick-Tock of a Clock— Rev. H. H. Rowsey 7 

We Are Called To Prayer— Dr. Charles A. Bame 8 

Will Your School Be 100% ?— Dr. L. E. Lindower 10 

New National Goals Program — Goal 6, Part 2 — 

Rev. Smith Rose 11 

Prayer Meeting Department 11 

The Children's Story 12 

Bulletin Board Suggestions 12 

Missionary Information 13 

News From Our Churches 13 

The Business Manager's Corner — George S. Baer 16 

With the Laymen 16 



NOTE TWO CHANGES IN YOUR CONFERENCE AN- 
NUAL. More changes will be noted as such changes are 
made and reported to your Conference Secretary, L. E. Lin- 
dower. 

The name of Brother N. V. Leatherman, when removed 
from the Berlin, Pennsylvania, pastorate to give place for the 
name of Brother Whetstone, the present pastor, was inad- 
vertently omitted from the list of Ministers without Churches. 
Brother Leatherman's name should appear under this list 
on page 66. It might be said here that not all names appear- 
ing on this list are inactive, for many are very active in 
other departments of the church work. Below is the way 
Brother Leatherman's name should appear in the annual: 
Leatherman, N. V. Berlin, Pa. Field Secretary for 

Ashland College 

Note also the change of Brother E. D. Bumworth's address: 
Burnworth, E. D. Muncie, Indiana 1317 Kirby Avenue 

Pastor Muncie Church 

QUOTING FROM THE GOSHEN, INDIANA, BULLETIN, 
Brother H. H. Rowsey, we find the following: "A happy sur- 
prise is the way the pastor describes the announcement which 
was made by Herman Roscoe at the church serv'ice. That an- 
nouncement reveals that $3,000.00 in building Fund bonds 
were retired this month (December). That is twice the amount 
of our usual goal and four times the amount called for under 
our refinancing program. We are happy for this victory and 
are looking forward to the complete wiping out of this debt 
within the next two or three years." 

We rejoice along with the Goshen brethren for this fine 
victory. 

FROM A RECENT ROANN, INDIANA, BULLETIN, we 
glean the following: "There will be a Union Bible Institute 
held on the following dates: January 11, 13, 18 and 20." 
Brother Smith F. Rose is the pastor. 

DR. J. R. SCHUTZ, PASTOR OF THE NORTH MAN- 
CHESTER BRETHREN CHURCH, is doing a fine thing in 
that he is conducting a High School and Young People's 
Forum in his home for any interested young people of the 
city. We gather from this announcement that this is being 
conducted on Sunday evenings, either before or after church. 
We also note that Brother Schutz held a week of meetings 
in Bluffton, Indiana, early in December in which all the 
churches of that city participated. 

FROM THE BRYAN, OHIO, BULLETIN WE GATHER 
that Rev. W. C. Benshofl' of Waterloo, Iowa, is to be the 
evangelist in a meeting to be held in the Bryan Church from 
January 30 to February 13. Remember this meeting in yon- 
devotions. 

THE EDITOR WISHES TO STEP OUT OF CHARACTER 
for a moment, and, as president of the Benevolent Board, he 
wishes to thank Brother Charles A. Bame for his words (in 
this issue) concerning the Brethren's Home. That Home is 
a very much misunderstood proposition. When it comes time 
for the issuing of the material concerning the Benevolent 
offering next month, we wish to make some very pointed re- 
marks concerning our Benevolent work. Brother Bame has 
given you his reaction to the matter in a very fine way and 
we wish you would read his report (beginning on page 13) 
and then re-read it. It gives a very fine cross-section of his 
feeling in this matter. Only those who have had the privilege j 
of being there in close association with the Home can really 
understand the situation as it exists. We will have more to 
say about this matter at a later date. 




WHAT DOES THE CHURCH MEAN TO YOU? 

Back somewhere in 1939 Albert Einstein, that 
great scientist, once antagonistic to the church, 
made a testimony to a change of heart and attitude 
regarding his .antipathy to things spiritual and to 
the church in particular. He stated very definitely 
that he had never had any use for the church. He 
always looked upon science as the final and complete 
authority and was sure that it spoke the ultimate 
and specific word of power, to the exclusion of all 
others. But the great conflict that is now devastating 
the world came into being, and, being sure that 
science would speak out regarding it, he waited for 
the voice of authority. 

But he waited in vain, for science never spoke, ex- 
cept to set forth the terrors of total warware. Then, 
with hesitation, he turned to the press, trusting that 
those who had spoken so boldly in the past would 
stand forth with the authoritative word which would 
cause those who headed the strife to cease in their 
terrible deeds. But he found that the dictator's hand 
stopped, quite suddenly, the voice which should have 
sent forth the clarion call for peace. To his amaze- 
ment the voice which did speak out was the one 
which he had despised, the voice of the church. At- 
tempts were made to still it, but it kept on and on, 
even in the face of terrible persecution— it could 
never be stilled. And, though with reluctance, he be- 
gan to see that that which he had despised was more 
powerful than science, the voice of the press, or any 
other force in the world. And his conclusion that 
after all the church is more forceful than any other 
phase of endeavor in this world, should be a great 
testimony to the power and authority which the 
Master of the Universe exerts over his people. 

Wars cannot still the voice of God'e people. It 
cannot, even through the dictator's decrees, be trod- 
den under foot. How true is the saying, "Truth 
crushed to earth shall rise again." The church may 
be throttled by human decree ; it may be forbidden 
to send forth its message in certain parts of the 
earth; its ministers may be forbidden to preach the 
message in public — but ever and always we will find 
those who, like Peter and John of old, will stand up 
and say, even at the risk of their very lives, "Wheth- 
er it be right in the sight of God to harken unto you 
more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but 
speak the things which we have seen and heard . . . 
We mu.^t obey God rather than man." 

Here in America we have not learned the lesson of 
the suppression of the church by dictator's edict. We 



have been going along in the even tenor of our way, 
going to church (if the spirit moved us) taking part 
in the worship; returning for the evening sei'vice 
(provided we did not have anything else to do) ; at- 
tending the mid-week service if we felt so inclined; 
reading our Bibles when we felt like it — and above 
all taking the whole thing as a matter of course, not 
realizing what it would mean to us if we were on the 
other side of the Atlantic with bombs falling upon 
the helpless as well as the armed; forbidden to call 
openly on the "Name of the Lord." 

The trouble with us in America is that we just 
haven't thought enough about what it would mean 
if we were suddenly deprived of the privilege of 
public worship and congregational gatherings. We 
never have had to face it and we are priding our- 
selves on the fact that we never will have to. But 
that was the attitude of those countries across the 
sea. And it did come to them. It may never come to 
us, and pray God it never does, but because of the 
fact that we are free from this bondage should be 
the incentive which will bring us to our knees in utter 
thanksgiving for His mercies. 

Just what anything one thinks means to us is made 
manifest by our attitude toward it and our treat- 
ment of it. If the Church means what it should to 
each of us we should be more faithful to it and have 
it more in our thoughts and our activities. It is not 
mere church going that makes the Christian. Many 
a man has attended church through practically all 
the years of his life and never grasped the full sig- 
nificance of what the church stands for or what it 
should mean in his life. 

The church just now is the only constant thing. 
We are not talking about either church buildings or 
denomination, but of the Body of Christ. Congrega- 
tions rise and fall; church buildings are built and 
decay; church membership rolls are revised by hu- 
man hands — but the real church goes on and on and 
on. It does this because it is not of this world; it is 
not a changing thing that can be whirled about by 
the mei'e desires of men. 

The church should mean more to us each day we 
live. We should take time and effort to reevaluate it 
each day. There should be no sacrifice too great, nor 
effort too strenuous, that we would give to it. For 
it is our life; not merely a human incentive, but a 
spiritual fullness that fulfills each and every need 
of spirit, soul and body. 

What's your evaluation of the Church? 

F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



NOW CONCERNING THE 
PUBLICATION DAY OFFERING 



A Word From the President of the Brethren Publication Board 

J. E. Stookey 



Last August, at the time of General Conference, 
your Publishing Board saw fit to elect me as Presi- 
dent of the Brethren Publishing Company. I as- 
sumed that office with a great deal of reluctance, 
realizing the responsibility that is connected with it. 

We, here at the Publishing House, are the servants 
of the Brotherhood, endeavoring to do the things 
that will promote the Cause of Christ and the 
Church. 

The Publishing Company is vital to the existence 
of the Brethren Church just as much as any other 
organization of the Church, if not more so. 

We are making progress in the work of the Pub- 
lishing Company, but we can advance only to the 
extent that the Brotherhood will allow us, through 
their support, both spiritually and financially. We 
can not hope to advance in the Cause of Christ and 
the Church except we do a good share of it through 
the printed page — in other words through Brethren 
literature. 



Your contributions are necessary NOW, not to- 
morrow or next year. The problems of your Board 
and the Publishing Company are simplified just to 
the extent that your interest is shown in its progress 
— particularly in a financial way. Our plans and ad- 
vances will be governed by you. If we fail to do all 
that you expect of us, please consider very seriously 
the problems and the obstacles that confront us, due 
to the lack of financial aid. Or in other words, capi- 
tal on which to operate. 

Look again at the plans of your Goals Committee, 
plans which were accepted by General Conference. 
What are you doing in regard to meeting them? 

Please note that the Publication Goal is the third 
on the list, and that PUBLICATION DAY IS JAN- 
UARY 30, 1944. 

Your prayers and gifts are invited. 

Ashland, Ohio. 



An Evaluation of The Brethren Publishing Company 

Rev. J. G. Dodds 
Secretary-Treasurer of the Publication Board. 



The topic under discussion does not refer to the 
individuals who compose the Board of Publications, 
it does not refer to the members of the church who 
are the Company. The topic refers to The Brethren 
Publishing Company as an institution of The Breth- 
ren Church. There are four outstanding denomina- 
tional institutions that are of inestimable value to 
the Brethren Church: The Brethren Publishing 
Company, The Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church, Ashland College and Seminary, and the Na- 
tional Sunday School Association. There are other 
institutions of value in the church, but if any one of 
these four paramount institutions were to be weak- 



ened by lack of support all other institutions of the 
church would suffer in inability to perform their 
respective functions unto greatest efficiency. 

The education of Brethren lay-workers and Breth- 
ren ministers in Ashland College and Seminary dare 
not be underestimated ; the work of The Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church is an emphasis on the 
mission of our beloved church in the world, and the 
task allotted to the National Sunday School Asso- 
ciation of definitely establishing and multiplying and 
occupying the field of Christian Education produces 
power in the Sunday School program. Summer Camp 
programs, and Leadership Training. And all of these 



January 8, 1944 



require publicity and the printing of literature with 
which to advance their specific purposes. Hence the 
need of The Brethren Publishing Company. 

Wliat is the Publishmg Company doing for the 
Brethren Chtirch ? 

First, it prints the Official Organ of the Brethi-en 
Church — The Brethren Evangelist. It contains news 
from congregations, reports of revivals and evan- 
gelistic meetings with the gro\\i;h of the church, doc- 
trial instruction, exhortations unto practical Chris- 
tian living, Sunday School literature, Christian En- 
deavor department. Prayer meeting department, 
children's department, besides publicity propaganda 
for all institutions and work of the denomination. It 
should be a weekly visitor in every Brethren home. 

Second, The Brethren Publishing Company pub- 
lishes two excellent quarterly magazines, which con- 
tain literature that any home may well be proud to 
place upon their reading table. However, they are 
more especially intended to be used as text books in 
our Sunday Schools — one for the adult classes and 
the other for youth classes. They contain Scripture, 
Biblical history, expositions, sermon outlines (out- 
lines of Scripture passages), practical applications 
of the teachings of God's Word, and various other 
helps to the Bible student. 

Third, Tracts, that deal with the precise and spe- 
cific emphases of THE BRETHREN CHURCH on 
the fundamental teachings of God's Word pertaining 
to the Way of Salvation and the Gro\vth of the 
Christian Spiritual life, will more and more be felt 
as a moulding and building influence in the life of 
the church. Along with ti'acts should be mentioned 
books, besides a large amount of missionary and 
educational literature. 

Fourth, Woman's Outlook (prepared and edited by 
the W. M. S.) ; The Collegian, and the Ashland Col- 
lege Bulletin (edited by the College) ; and also other 
magazines and literature farmed out to them by 
other organizations. 

The personnel of The Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany consists of the members of The Brethren 
Church. Any member of the Brethren Church who 
has at any time made a contribution toward the 
work of the Brethren Publishing Company is a 
share-holder in the property and the glorious func- 
tion of fulfilling the purpose for which the company 
was organized. This Company was not organized to 
amass material profits, but for the purpose of pro- 
moting the task of our beloved Church, and of wield- 
ing an influence toward the building of Spiritual 
manhood and womanhood. The Publication Inter- 
ests of the Brethren Church are as much a project 
of the membership of the Church as are the inter- 
ests of the Missionary Board, or of the College and 
Seminary, or of the Sunday School Association, or 
any other interests. 



To the end that the power of our Church may 
continue to increase because of an increased effi- 
ciency on the part of the Brethren Publication fa- 
cilities, an offering of $5,000 is being asked for on 
Publication Day. Pray that the Lord will bless our 
publications unto the glorifying of His name. Sub- 
scribe for The Evangelist, use Brethren Sunday 
School literature, distribute tracts widely, and give 
liberally to this Offering — that the Board of Publi- 
cations may be encouraged to go forward unto great- 
er accomplishments. 

Smithville, Ohio. 

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Our Publishiug House 

Rev. C. A. Stewart 
Member of the Publication Board 

As one of the youngest members of the Publica- 
tion Board, I am writing in the interest of the Pub- 
lication Day offering, which will be received on Sun- 
day, January 30th. 

I am sure that every member of the Brethren 
Church is aware of the fact that a Publishing Com- 
pany is a very necessary and helpful institution in 
the denomination. For from it comes our Sunday 
School literature and all other literature that is need- 
ful for the teaching and propagation of the doctrines 
and beliefs of the Brethren Church. We sometimes 
hear it said that we do not need a Publishing Com- 
pany, and perhaps, we could get along without it, 
but we know that we can get along much better and 
make more progress with it. For many years we 
have had our own Publishing Company and we have 
felt that our own literature was more distinctively 
Brethren when it came from our o\vn press. 

We not only have our own Publishing Company, 
but we have our own Publishing House, and a very 
nice home it is, conveniently located near the Col- 
lege. But institutions and buildings like that do not 
just happen. Neither do they just spring into exist- 
ence because National Conference has voted that 
they want such an institution. The delegates of the 
Conference got the vision of the need and voted that 
we should have a Publishing House, but that does 
not build and maintain such an institution. It costs 
money to build such a building and run such an in- 
stitution. Machinery, labor and material is high, and 
it certainly takes all of them to keep an institution 
like this going. 

Now that we have a nice publishing house, we 
must remember that we have a debt on it that must 
be paid. Besides we must maintain the building and 
the equipment. We have been handicapped because 
of lack of funds and could not move forward as fast 



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as we would like and as we should. So now we are 
coming to you — The Church, asking that you give 
us a good, liberal offering that we may be able to 
place YOUR Publishing House on a sound basis. 
Those in the past, and those who are now responsi- 
ble for the administration of the institution, had to 
wrack their brains to make ends meet and pay the 
bills when they came due. This is OUR (yours and 
mine) Publishing House, and we should not expect 
those whom we employ to run it and also to bear all 
the burden. They are not going to squander our 
money and we should help them all we can. Every 
dollar which the church gives to this cause will be 
used to the best advantage. 

Again I want to emphasize the fact that this is 
OUR Publishing House, and we ought to get behind 
it with our DOLLARS. These are days when there 
is plenty of money in circulation. Wages are good, 
and it is a good time to pay off our indebtedness. 

Come on, let's go— with a Big Offering on Janu- 
ary 30th. _ 

Bryan, Ohio. 



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Creating An Asset 

Dr. R. F. Porte 
Member of the Brethren Publication Board 

When the Brethren people give to the support of 
their Publishing House they are creating a denomi- 
national asset. If the brotherhood will really take 
hold of our publishing interests seriously the church 
will reap dividends. Many persons that purchase 
printing like to give their business to a well equipped 
church publishing house. It seems unnecessary to me 
to call the attention of the people of our church to the 
need for a well equipped publishing plant. Our own 
plant puts the church in command of her voice 
through the press. The church can get what she 
wants before any and all others. Nobody questions 
the value of the press to Christian teaching, but 
some might be tempted, in the interests of economy, 
to cripple the usefulness of a church owned press. 
This is the basis of my plea to the church for an 
offermg this year which will prove our determina- 
tion to do greater things in the days just ahead. 

There is another angle to the publishing interests 
of the church. The first being to pay for the building 
and that is the basis of the appeal. The second is 
to obtain as soon as possible automatic presses in 
order that our plant can handle a volume of busi- 
ness to greater profit. It may be out of the question, 
at the moment, to even think of this important fea- 
ture of the work, but it will not hurt for the church 
to know and to become concerned about completing 



the preparation of the publishing plant so it is ready 
to pay dividends to the church. In these days of fi- 
nancial prosperity why not pay off the debt on the 
building this year and purchase some needed equip- 
ment next year? Let us make an offering this year 
that will really accomplish what we all want done. 
This writer has long been impressed with the no- 
tion that the Brethren Church has not made the most 
of her pubjishing facilities. I mean that the church 
is not strengthening the voice of our press by our 
own use of it as a church. As long as the church 
looks upon the Brethren press in a critical and pat- 
ronizing way it will never be the institution we can 
be satisfied with. I challenge any minister or mem- 
ber of any Brethren church to show that the publish- 
ing house has not done her part in the total program 
of the church as well as any individual church or- 
ganization or any other institution. The publishing 
interests and the educational interests of the church 
are two institutions the brotherhood-a-large dare 
not play with or starve for want of support without 
tearing down the whole church structure. The crip- 
ling of the publishing interests and educational in- 
terests of the church means the stalemating of the 
total church program. We MUST NOT FAIL in this 
Publishing Day Offering. 

Warsaw, Indiana. 








NEWS 

Send all C. E. News Items 

To Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Milledgeville, Illinois 



Attention is called to all Brethren Christian Endeavor so- 
cieties to the goals as published a few weeks ago in The 
Evangelist. Those who are intending to keep the one which 
requires four news reports a year as reminded that two 
of these must be sent in by March 15, 1944. Send them to 
the C. E. News Editor. We want to know what your C. E. 
is doing. 

yes, all you Pastors by now have received the Ques- 
tionnaire sent to you by Rev. Cecil H. Johnson, the Exten- 
sion Director of the National C. E. Board of the Brethren 
Church. Have all of you returned them by now? We hope 
you haven't disappointed your young people by failing to do 
this. Send it in today. 



The election of officers of the Cambria County Brethren 
Christian Endeavor Union was held on Tuesday evening, 
November 2, 1943, at the Second Brethren Church (Moxham) 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Walter C. Wertz of Conemaugh, 
was reelected as president of the group. 

Other officers elected are Floyd Benshoff, Third Church, 
reelected first vice president; Mrs. Walter Wertz, Conemaugh 
Church, second vice president; Miss Betty Knauer, Vinco 
Church, secretary; Mrs. Charles Munson, Jr., Second Church, 
assistant secretary; Kenneth Leidy, Vinco Church, treasurer; 
Mrs. C. Y. Gilmer, wife of the pastor of the Vinco Church, 
(Continued on page 9) 



January 8, 1944 



The Ticl(-tocl( of a Clock 



Rev. H. H. Rowsey 




"nHTiimi 



Over in Pennsylvania, I have a Brethren friend who spe- 
cializes in making clocks. In his home he has all sizes and 
shapes of clocks. In every room you will iind a clock and in 
some of the rooms there are several. He is fond of grand- 
father clocks and has many of them. He makes them him- 
self and in some cases he has pounded out the metal for the 
works in his own shop, but the works in most of them are 
made from wood, which he has whittled out himself. It seems 
that by the time he has completed a clock he has fallen in 
love with it, for I have never known him to sell one of them. 

One of his recent creations is a "GRANDMOTHER" clock. 
The cabinet in which the clock is enclosed resembles a wom- 
an's dress, the "face" is that of a woman, and the clock runs 
backwards. He explains that since women are contrary, he 



thought it appropriate to have the "Grandmother" clock run 
backwards (counter clock-wise). 

His wife says, "this is one clock that he will just have to 
get rid of," but she says it with a twinkle in her eye, for 
they dearly lov6 each other and she is as proud of her hus- 
band's clocks as anyone could be. 

I have enjoyed the hospitality of their home oa many oc- 
casions and have been inspired by their lives. He is a deacon 
who "deakes." "He knows the Bible better than anyone in 
the community," says a church moderator who knows him 
well, and the deacon uses this knowledge in teaching a Bible 
class. Although approaching a ripe old age, tliis couple con- 
tinue to walk about two miles to church every Sunday. It is 
a joy to visit with them. It is an inspiration when I am 
there, and out of their rich years of experience they "open 
to me the scriptures." Even the clocks bring an inspiration! 

One night in their guest chamber, as I heard the tick-tocks 
from the Grandfather clocks in the halls, in the living room, 
and in the dining room I thought of the fable of the clock 
that began to look forward and found it would have to give 
two million five hundred, ninety-two thousand ticks in the 
next month. It seemed to be an impossible task, and the old 
clock became frightened and discouraged. THINK OF IT — 
two and a half million ticks each month and twelve months 
in a year. The clock was about ready to give up, until it 
remembered that it had to tick only once each second and 
that didn't seem quite so hard. 

Sometimes when I am tempted to become discouraged, be- 
cause of the many things which seem to pile up and must 
be done, I receive encouragement from the tick-tocks of the 
clock. For those tick-tocks remind me to do the things of 
today to the best of my ability and let tomororw take care 
of itself. 

(Note: Since writing the above, the good brother referred 
to has departed from the earth-life to the Life Beyond. — 
H. H. R.) 

Goshen, Indiana. 




HAPPY HOME 

happy home, where Thou art loved the dearest, 
Thou loving friend, and Saviour of our race, '*■ 

And where, among the guests there never cometh 
One who can hold such high and honored place. 

happy home, where each one serves Thee, lowly __ j.. 
Whatever his appointed work may be, _ . 

Till every common task seems great and holy, ._• • • =' , 
When it is done, Oh Lord, as unto Thee. -' • . 

happy home, where Thou art not forgotten . ; 

When joy is overflowing, full and free; 
happy home where every wounded spirit 
Is brought. Physician, Comforter, to Thee. 

happy home, whose little ones are given 
Early to Thee in humble faith and prayer, 
To Thee, their Friend, who from the height of heaven 
Guard them, and guides, with more than mother's care. 

— Carl Spitta. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




WE ARE CALLED TO PRAYER Dr. charies a. b 



Our versatile President called us to a Day of 
Prayer on New Years' Day. That was fine! Our no 
less alert Secretary of the General Missionary Board 
preceded him in a "call to prayer" also for Brethren. 
I am wondering if our people were faithful in re- 
sponding to all this very prime and pressing need 
in such perilous times as now? If these are not the 
"perilous times" that were prophesied in the first 
century, I hope I need not to live through more 
perilous and distressing ones. Of course, there will 
be still greater perils and more saddening distress 
until fortified and barricaded tyrants and brigands 
are compelled to release millions of our fellowmen 
from the servitude of slaves, now in their grasp ; im- 
prisoned, shackled and driven to tasks of making the 
instruments for the killing their own offspring yet 
under the tyrant's heel, in their native countries, 
subjugated, but not surrendered. 

Do We Pray? 

Is prayer a habit with our people? Do we have 
daily devotions? Do we have a closet-place for 
prayer? Is the weekly prayer meeting a treasured 
place? I fear we do not pray. From all I know too, 
from a wide experience of travel and association, I 
am convinced that we are not praying, depending 
as we should on our Lord in heaven. I fear we are 
too self-sufficient and well fed and clothed and 
housed to be leaning on Him, waiting for Him, seek- 
ing of Him the achievement of things utterly im- 
possible for us humans without the divine aid re- 
ceived only through prayer and dependence. We do 
have impossible tasks for limited human beings like 
we are. We must depend on God and if so, we must 
pray! It is not promised that he will provide vic- 
tory without prayer. Let us pray. 

Yes, We Do Pray 

"If that grandson of mine has to go to war, I do 
not know how I can .stand it," said a Christian grand- 
father to me recently. "I'm sure I could as easily 
give my son," he went on. And no one can tell me 
that if "that boy" does have to go — "so young, so 
inexperienced" — that that loving grandfather will 
not pray. Of course, and so will his father, mother, 
his sisters, brothers and other relatives. Every 
preacher and pastor hears the "amens," groans and 
sighs as he prays for our absent youth — and he sees 



ame 



the tears that have wet the faces of loving folk as 
he prays publicly and privately for them. We do pray. 

PF« Get Anointed 

No one loves more than I, I believe, to be called 
to anoint the sick. I have seen so many miracles — 
unaccountable cures, unaccountable poise and repose 
as a result — that it is a genuine pleasure to "try the 
Lord" in any crisis caused by disease in this valu- 
able service. It is one best evidence of both faith and 
obedience, without which we do not prove our belief 
in the promised blessings of our "Great Physician." 

Three great promises are given: "the prayer of 
faith will restore the sick man, and the Lord shall 
raise him up ; and if he have committed sins they 
shall be forgiven him." James 5:15. Any one of the 
three most desirable ends may result and all of them 
may be consequently, as well. Be sure "the Lord is 
not slack concerning his promises as some men count 
slackness"; but the "sick man" must pray also. 
Verses 13 and 14. No use to say one can not pray. 
Learn the verses of "Jesus Lover of My Soul" or 
"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." Both are 
fine prayers for anyone to use. Use them. 

A Fellowship of Prayer 

Our Brethren Group has many perplexing prob- 
lems and trying days ahead. Too many churches 
without pastors ; too many are not trying to have re- 
vivals ; too many are surrendering to the "we can't" 
spirit when if there were "two or three" who would 
"take it to the Lord in prayer" we would not suffer 
from the defeatist attitudes and perspectives. Many 
do pray in exertmity; but too many reach the point 
of extremity without "trying the Lord" and quit be- 
fore they need or should. We need a new stress and 
fellowship in prayer and a lot more emphasis in our 
writings and periodicals. Wlience will it emanate? 

A Stronger Impact is Imperative 

The last issue of the Gospel Messenger (Elgin, De- 
cember 11) reporting the work of their Council of 
Boards, says : "Now is the time to expand our work, 
to strengthen our local churches, and to make a uni- 
fied impact on the society of our day . . . The chief 
concern of the Board was to provide adequate pas- 
toral care for churches (20) that are still shepherd- 
less . . . The real center of our Christian faith is 



January 8, 1944 



missions and evangelism. As a church we need to 
keep great fundamental principles ever before us 
... It is very evident that we are entering a new 
world order . . . Evangelism shall be kept at the cen- 
ter of our program this year . . . We must recapture 
our evangelistic concern." 

This very rich report should have a wider distribu- 
tion than to a single group of Brethren, and for 
this reason I have quoted these very striking and 
stirring sentences. I presume some think that I am 
trying to "feather my own nest" constantly urging 
our people to just such considerations; but I hope 
not. If our larger sister church needs such arousings, 
much more do we, and I want to give my "Amen" to 
their foresight and commend their program. It is 
vital. 

Objects of Prayer 

Much that has run through this message has al- 
ready suggested wide areas for our praying. Of 
course, too, our President wants prayer for victory 
and release from destruction to which the energies 
of our nation are being directed. Of this we can be 
sure: we are praying according to the will of God 
when we pray for peace and for the guidance and 
protection of our youth pressed into war and its 
wicked results. Unless we do convince our youth 
that we have not planned for them to do the fight- 
ing and then to pay the bill; unless we keep our 
churches alive and vigorous, and pr£serve our heroic 
spirit and have gained victories over sin, evil-doers 
and evil institutions, they may well mock at us and 
taunt us when they do return. 

We need to pray that our leadership be conse- 
crated, sanctified, unselfish and devoted; for more 
leaders who have the commission of God, and the 
determined purpose to advance our work in His 
sight and in the estimation of all good peoples of 
all denominations. That impact our Brethren at El- 
gin proposed must be attempted and we be ready to 
help to do it. 

The Christian world has come a long way toward 
the standards set up by the heroic Mack and his 
contemporaries; away from their former sanction 
of liquors, wars, slavery, divorce and surrender to 
worldliness. Now it will take courage and conse- 
crated effort to hold that unfailing leadership. It will 
be done only by a greater consecration, devotion, and 
sacrifice. That can come only through prayer. 

Therefore, Brethren, let us pray more. Let us have 
set up for us a fellowship of prayer for each other, 
our churches, pastors, evangelists, teachers and offi- 
cial boai'ds, as well as for peace and cessation of war. 
Our Lord cautioned and commanded us to "pray 
that the Lord of the harvest thrust forth more labor- 
ers for the harvest. BRETHREN, ARE WE PRAY- 
ING? 

Carey, Ohio. 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR NEWS 

(Continued from page 6) 

chorister; Mildred Furry, First Church, missionary commit- 
tee chairman; Wihna Leidy, Vinco Church, lookout commit- 
tee chairman; Ethel Mae Smith, Third Church, Miss Mildred 
Thomas, First Church, and Miss Miriam Leidy, Vinco Church, 
social committee; Richard Leidy, Vinco Church, publicity; 
Mrs. Clara Smith, Third Church, intermediate superintendent; 
Miss Ollie Teeter, Tliird Church, junior superintendent, and 
Rev. George Jones, pastor of the Second Church, pastoral 
adviser. 

Installation of officers was in charge of Rev. N. V. Leath- 
erman, iield representative of Ashland (0.) College. The 
principal speaker of the evening was Rev. S. M. Whetstone 
of Berlin, treasurer of the Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church. Rev. Wlietstone is pastor of the Berlin Brethren 
Church and was accompanied to Johnstown by a delegation 
from his congregation. 

The Second Church was presented a picture award for 
the largest attendance at the session. Refreshments were 
served by the host group. 



NEW LEBANON, OHIO REPORTS 

Dear Fellow Christianendeavorers — (what a word) 

The New Lebanon Christian Endeavor society is looking 
forward to a prosperous and beneficial year. The newly elected 
cabinet will meet bi-monthly, as has been the custom in the 
past, to plan our programs. We are trying to vary our pro- 
grams and have planned to have picture studies, book re- 
views, musical programs, impromptu talks in addition to our 
discussion and question and answer programs. 

Our attendance dropped somewhat during the summer 
months but we hope to gain new interest this winter and 
perhaps have a membership drive. 

Several weeks ago we sent Christmas gifts to our boys 
overseas. We purchased miniature games and trick puzzles 
to send to the fellows. We spent two evenings making scrap 
books which we sent along with the games. We hope the 
boys will enjoy the gifts and know that we are thinking of 
them. 

Arlene Musselman, President. 
New Lebanon C. E. Society 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVORERS MAKE THEIR CHRIS- 
TIANITY PRACTICAL. THEY ATTEND THE CHURCH 
SERVICES AND THE PRAYER MEETING SERVICES OF 
THEIR CHURCH. ARE YOU A REAL BRETHREN CHRIS- 
TIAN ENDEAVORER? 

§n§n§ 

VALUES 

When Patrick Henry, more than a century and a half ago, 
asked the Virginia Legislators whether life was "so dear and 
peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and 
slavery" he was really uttering some profound philosophy. 
In the scale of values, freedom is at least as important as 
peace although our ultra-pacifist brothers fail to realize the 
fact. The truth is that freedom seems to be the final goal 
of progress and the supreme value if there is any such thing. 
Jesus appears to have had this in mind when he said, "Ye 
shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." 



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Will Your School 

Rate 

100 Percent? 

Dr. L. E. Lindower 
Educational Director 



The rating table on this 
page is intended to help you 
have a well-rounded, efficient- 
ly working Sunday School. 
Study it and see just what 
you need to reach that 100% 
goal. Many things can be eas- 
ily done by simply planning 
through your workers' meet- 
ings. 

The National Sunday School 
Association is anxious to help 
you in any way possible to 
reach this goal. If you do not 
have a training class, send at 
once for material and informa- 
tion, and get one started. If 
you have a class, be sure that 
it is registered for credit with 
your National Sunday School 
Association. 

A large chart of this Stand- 
ard of Excellence was sent to 
your Pastor. Check on it and 
be sure it is hanging in a con- 
spicuous place. If you desire 
more material on these points, 
write to your Educational Di- 
rector, asking for leaflets con- 
taining full explanation of each 
section in the table. 

Some time in the future you 
will be asked to send in a re- 
port for your school. Please be 
prompt and accurate. We would 
like to break a record and have 
a 100% report at the General 
Conference next Fall. 

Here's to bigger and better 
Brethren Bible Schools. 



STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR BRETHREN SUNDAY SCHOOLS 



I. HOME EXTENSION 

1. An Active Cradle Roll 

2. A working Home Department 



Possible Total Your Total 

10 



II. ORGANIZED CLASSES IQ 

1. One or more organized classes in Young People's Division 

2. One or more organized classes in Adult Division 

III. LEADERSHIP TRAINING IQ 

1. A training class registered with the National Sunday 
School Association and using any approved text 

2. Twenty-five percent of the teachers graduates in some ap- 
proved course 

IV. GRADATION IQ 

1. Graded school organization with animal promotion 

2. Graded lesson instruction in at least one department 

V. MISSIONS 10 

1. Systematic missionary instruction 

2. An annual White Gift Offering 

VI. CITIZENSHIP ■ IQ 

1. Systematic citizenship instruction 

2. Participation in some form of benevolence 

VII. DECISIONS IQ 

1. Decision Day observed annually 

2. Life Work decisions emphasized regularly 

VIII. CONFERENCES IQ 

1. Workers' Conferences held regularly, ten recommended; six 
required 

2. Delegates to some convention, denominational and interde- 
nominational 

IX. DENOMINATIONAL IQ 

1. Records accurately kept and statistics sent promptly to the 
general secretary 

2. Use of Brethren publications 

X. LIBRARY IQ 
1. At least one book chosen from any seven of the ten divisions 

suggested 



5 
5 

5 
5 

3 

7 



5 I 



10 



5 
5 



5 
5 



5 



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THE NEW 
NATIONAL PROGRAM 



WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT? 

Rev J. G. Dodds 
Chairman National Goals Committee 



GOAL 6 - Part 2 

By Rev. Smith F. Rose, President National C. E. 
CHRISTIAN EDUCATIONAL AUXILIARIES 
c. An active C. E. Society in every church. 

A large number of new societies were reported last year 
but there are still a number of our churches which do not 
have an active C. E. Society. Perhaps, a part of our problem 
in this matter has resulted from the depletion of the num- 
ber of our young people. This is a direct result of the de- 
mands of our government upon young life during this great 
conflict. However, the time is opportune to work more with 
the juniors, intermediates and high school age groups. We 
must work with them while we have them. If you already 
have a C. lE. and are neglecting any of these ages by all 
means begin training through Christian Endeavor NOW! 
It would not come amiss to have a senior or adult society. 
If we do not begin a definite work in these fields very soon 
many of our finest prospects for local and denominational 
leadership will go untrained. With such a shortage of Chris- 
tian workers today dare any of us bear the responsibility of 
having neglected our work here ? It will be proper to say 
that this is no time to start a C. E. Society in your church, 
if you have no concern for the future of the Brethren Church. 
But if you have a vision of a future which will bring a zeal- 
ous, wide awake evangelistic Brethren Church you must have 
an active C. E. for your youngsters, (whatever the age). We 
can meet this goal THIS YEAR if we will put forth the 
effort. 

b. Constant emphasis for definite Christian Life Work. 

There is no organization in the church which can be as 
effective the year around in the training, development and 
consecration of young lives for Christ. The C. E. sponsors 
and the pastor in each church have the oversight of this 
work. It is their duty and privilege to so direct their En- 
deavorers that they may be conscious at all times of the 
blessings and opportunities of Christian service. It is feared 
that many pastors just permit their C. E.'s to move aimlessly 
along and that they fail to show the interest and the desire 
to help which can make the Endeavorers feel that they have 
a definite part in the work of the church. The C. E. can be 
helpful in giving an opportunity of expression and further 
training to those who have been to the summer camps. At 
the best many of the young people will have to depend upon 
their C. E. for such guidance and training entirely. If the 
program is energetic and Christ-centered it will go far in 
producing the leaders our church needs. 

c. AH C. E. Societies striving to reach the national goals as 
set forth by the National C. E. Board. 

These goals were published in the Brethren Evangelist a 
number of weeks ago. They are designed to give our C. E.'s 
some definite working aims. No person or organization can 



progress very much unless their efforts have been directed 
into a definite course of action which will bring the desired 
achievements. No C. E. which has been organized for a year 
and has been considered active should permit conference time 
to arrive without meeting the national goals. The new so- 
cieties can still meet a large number of the goals and be 
prepared to be a banner society the following year. As our 
Endeavorers learn to meet the challenge of the national C. E. 
goals they will be prepared to better face the daily challenges 
of the Christian life! Let it be remembered that as Endeavor- 
ers we are further challenged to give our lives and our ser- 
vice "For Christ and the Church." — Roann, Indiana. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Sugsested Outlines 

LESSON 51 
Subject : Adam 

1. .\dam was created. Eve was made. The rest of us were 
begotten. Genesis 2:7; Genesis 2:21, 22. 

2. On the fifth day the Lord created great whales and tiny 
minnows; He created powerful eagles, and small humming 
birds. On the sixth day He created the elephant, the lion, 
the chipping squirrel and all kinds of beasts and creeping 
things. Genesis 1:21; Genesis 1:24, 25. 

3. Last of all God created a being which was different 
from all the rest. Many of the animals were stronger than 
he. The birds could soar high above him. Many of the ani- 
mals could climb higher than he. The sea creatures could 
dive and swim with skill and ease. Most of the animals and 
birds were fleeter no land than he. Still he was above them 
all. He was different. He alone had the power of reason; 
and he, alone, possessed a soul. Genesis 2:7. 

4. The Lord named this wonderful creature. He called his 
name Adam. The Bible names and locates his dwelling place. 
It was in "a garden eastward in Eden." Genesis 2:8. 

5. What a wonderful home Adam must have had. Of all 
the landscaping that has been done on earth, this was the 
most perfect job of all, for the Lord God had planted that 
garden. He had in mind two things when he was planting it. 
He wanted every tree that was pleasant to the sight; and 
also every tree that was good for food. A friend sent us 
a box of Royal Riviera Pears from the State of Oregon at 
Christmas time. We did not know that such indescribable 
deliciousness could be contained in the fruit of one tree. 
What a feast Adam must have had daily! For his Creator 
was careful to plant for his enjoyment "every tree that was 
good for food." Then notice that the Lord planted a number 
of trees just to look at. He planted "every tree that was 
pleasant to the eyes." Wherever did we get the idea that it 
is wicked to desire beautiful things! Ah! We need beautiful 
things! We do indeed! We can find them among the God- 
made things an this earth. Genesis 2:9. 

(). One would think that Adam and Eve could not desire 
anything more. I stood in the church today beside a man and 
his tall strong son who was in khaki uniform. One moment 
the father expressed joy because his son was having such 
a long furlough. Two whole weeks at home The next mo- 
ment his eyes were full of tears because two weeks is such 
a pitifully short time to spend with one he loved so much. 
And I thought, "Yes, before this war started, we thought 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



TKe Children's 
Story 




By 

Mrs. Lorettd Carrithers 
Superintendent 

Dear Children: 



"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of 
truth." 2 Timothy 2:15. 

It was not so long ago that school opened, and a boy said, 
"I wish vacation would never end." Perhaps some of you 
feel that way, but after a few weeks at your desk, I am 
sure you are enjoying school. 

A few years ago, when I was in a city, I noticed a car 
"ad" in a street car. It was placed there by some business 
college which was advertising for students. On the sign were 
two hands painted green, underneath which were the words, 
"Green Hands Not Wanted." It went on to tell that men and 
women who were trained were more successful than those 
who were not, and that the man who knew how to do some- 
thing was in greater demand than the man who didn't. 

That is true, and that is why our country believes in send- 
ing all its girls and boys to school. It trains you to use your 
eyes and ears and hands so that when you are grown up you 
will be of more use to your country and better able to make 
a living. 

We respect the man who knows. In the land of Holland 
lived a rich man who owned a well of splendid water. One 
day the pump failed to work, and several men claimed they 
could fix it, but they all proved "Green Hands," that is they 
didn't understand their business. Finally a man came who 
said he would repair the pump for fifty dollars. It seemed 
like a big price, but the rich man needed the water so he 
agreed. 

After about ten minutes of work, the pump was in good 
shape. All it needed was a new leather. The rich man grum- 
bled and said, "How is it you charge so much ? The leather 
cost only twenty-five cents." "Well," said the expert, "the 
twenty-five cents was for the leather, seventy-five cents for 
the work, and forty-nine dollars is for the 'Know How.' " 

The world wants men and women who know how to do 
things. So study hard and learn all you can in order that you 
may please your teachers, and your parents, and be known 
as a trained person. 

There is another kind of training which every boy and girl 
needs and that is Bible training. Without that no one is really 
educated, no matter how much he may know about any other 
subject. 

Saint Paul wrote a letter to a boy named Timothy, and 
this is what he told him, "Study to show thyself approved 
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly 
dividing the word of truth." We would v,'rite it in this way, 
"Study hard so that you may please God; so that you may 
be a Christian who is not ashamed of what he knows about 
the Bible." 



God doesn't want "Green Hands" to work for Him. He 
wants trained ones, and so He asks us to study His Book 
which He says will make us "wise unto salvation." 

We have Sunday School in order that we may learn all 
about Jesus Christ and God from the Bible, and how God 
wants us to live so that we may go to heaven. 

Let us study the Bible at home also. Then we shall please 
God, and be trained workmen for Him. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



BULLETIK BOAR© SUGGESTIOTiS 
Suggested by Rev. E. J. Beekjey 



1. Faith makes a man a Christian; 
Life proves a man a Christian; 
Trials confirm a man a Christian; 
Death crowns a man a Christian. 

2. Christ — absolutely necessary; 
Christ — exclusively sufficient; 
Christ — instantaneously accessible; 
Christ — perennially satisfying. 

3. Many men save everything but their souls. 

4. A good investment is the time spent in the House of 
God. 

5. Secret Sins won't stay secret. 

6. Wisdom is knowing what to do; 
Skill is knowing how to do it; 
Virtue is doing it. 

7. A selfish Christian is a contradiction. 

8. Bad booze seldom kills good men. 

9. One for all— all for God. 

10. This is OUR church— come and help make it YOUR 
church. 



PRAYER MEETING TOPIC 

(Continued from page 11) 

we needed many things. Now we know that if we could 
have our sons and daughters back in our arms we wouldn't 
need anything else." Genesis 2:15. 

7. Adam and Eve were given permission to eat freely of 
all the trees of the garden except one, the tree of the knowl- 
edge of good and evil. But lured on by the serpent, they did 
eat of the fruit of that tree. The descendants of the serpent 
bear forever the unmistakable signs of his punishment. Gen- 
esis 3:14, 15. 

8. Adam and Eve were punished too. Their descendants, 
also, bear the unmistakable signs of their sin. Thefr de- 
scendants even today struggle with weeds and thistles. Hard 
work and the sweat of their brows is to be the portion of 
Adam's race. How fortunate some of us are that we can 
work hard and like it. But the influence of sin in the world 
we can never like. So the Lord drove out the man. He lost 
the home that was perfect in beauty. Genesis 3:23, 24. 

9. Adam and Eve soon learned what sorrow really is. One 
of their boys murdered the other. The murderer was exiled. 
So they had no one until Seth was born. No doubt they began 
to hope again, and the spiritual seed was renewed in right- 
eous Seth. Genesis 4:25, 26. 

10. Adam lived to be 930 years old. Genesis 5:5. 



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National Sunday School Association 

Missionary Information 

Conducted by Cliester E. Zimmerman 
Missionary Education Director 

One phase in which we as Christians are somewhat negli- 
gent is our ministry to the Jews. Some day we shall have 
to give account to our Lord for this. There is an organiza- 
tion in the United States which has this important work as 
its foremost task. 

The scope of the Biblical Research Society is world-wide. 
On the home field the work of the Society is carried on by 
means of a seven point program. More than 120 branches help 
in the U. S. to get the books and the Bible to the Jew. The 
program includes Literature (The Messianic Series, four al- 
ready issued), Personal Work, Radio Ministry, Branch So- 
cieties, Training Institutes and Bible Classes, Conferences, 
and the Biblical Research Monthly. 

Throughout Canada, Australia, and in many foreign lands 
missionaries assist the Society in its literature distribution 
and in the personal ministry to Jews. The total number of 
books and tracts published for Jews is 1,8-52,000 nearly all 
of which have been already distributed FREE to them. In 
addition there have been 2,252,000 books and tracts pre- 
prepared for Christians. 

The Biblical Research Society states its policy in this man- 
ner: "Faith work; endowment Phil. 4:19; no collect- 
ors; no pledges. 'God's work done in God's way and in God's 
time never lacks God's support.' " 

The objective of their work is "to break down anti-Semi- 
tism and to disseminate facts and truths concerning God and 
Messiah." 

The Society was organized June 15, 1930. For further in- 
formation concerning the work of the Society address Bib- 
lical Research Society, 4417 Berenice Avenue, Los Angeles. 
California. 

Just recently a young man entered a District office of 
the American Bible Society. This was not his first visit. 
On this latest visit he said, "My mother is confined in a 
hospital in Canada because of an injury she received. I had 
thought of sending her flowers; but I know she would rather 
that I devote the same amount of money to provide the Word 
of God for those who might not otherwise have it. Please 
accept these four dollars, and send Scriptures to Russian 
prisoners of war." Need we say more? Such love speaks for 
itself. 

The demand for Scriptures in Brazil grows continually. 
There are in this country awaiting shipment almost 1,000,000 
Portuguese Gospels. Recent indications are that these may 
soon he released for shipment to Brazil. God's work is pros- 
pering in many hitherto unreached places. The book "Latin 
America Backgrounds" (Friendship Press) gives in great de- 
tail the vast fields yet unreached by the gospel message. In 
the interior of Brazil are thousands upon thousands of native 
Indians who have not even been counted in the census of the 
country. Pray for this work. 

Many a man's temptations are of his own making. 

No man is apt to discover the truth who is unwill- 
ing to act upon the truth he knows. 



ASHLAND COLLEGE has ENDOWMENT FUNDS 
to loan on good, improved farms and city properties. 
Will consider loans within a radius of two hundred 
fifty miles of Ashland, and up to 60% of assessed val- 
uation of properties. 

For further information address Ashland College, 
Ashland, Ohio, care of Business Manager. 

SECURE YOUR LOAN FROM ASHLAND COL- 
LEGE AND THEREBY HELP YOUR COLLEGE IN 
A VITAL WAY. 




News From Our 
Churches 



The Lord loveth a grateful receiver. 



HO.ME AT THE BRETHREN HO.ME 
Charles A. Bame 

It was the experience of one of God's great servants (and 
others later) that "these light afflictions which are but for 
a moment, work out for us a far more exceeding and eternal 
weight of Glory." It is never easy to see the silver lining 
while one is passing through a cloud — sometimes it is never 
seen — but more often, perhaps one does not look expectantly 
for it. It is divine revelation that there are those who have 
eyes and see not, all because they do not look in the right 
direction or where the light is. Light reveals, uncovers, dis- 
closes and God intended that one must "ask, seek, knock," 
willingly, gladly and purposefully if we are to know mys- 
teries. 

It was the sudden cancellation of an expected date with 
one of our churches that left me with spare time on my hands 
to spend somewhere — either to motor back to Ohio (in times 
like these ? ) ; go to Chicago, where the "Flu" was raging, or 
go somewhere else. I did the latter and so, this message to 
my Brethren. 

Having been entertained during ray meeting at Flora by the 
Superintendent and Matron of the Brethren Home, it looked 
to me like a very desirable place to rest, and there I went 
— only ten miles from the place of my last meeting. 

I had not even announced my coming, not knowing if I 
should not "pick us" a meeting somewhere, this time as 
always, wondering if there would not come a belated "call" 
to help some church and pastor. So, I just drove in and 
found a welcome as fine as if I had been coming to any good 
hotel and soon was provided with a good warm room and 
eating a fine, good supper along with the residents and the 
family of the keepers of the Home. Brother and Sister Earl 
Scott. They could not have been more genial and hospitable 
had they been my near relatives. 

For more than two weeks I came and went or remained. 
I had not believed that I needed rest as much as the days 
proved. I did not realize how much delayed correspondence 
I had accumulated. I wrote and wrote and did not then, get 
"caught up." The time for my next meeting came all too 
swiftly. Much gratitude welled up within me as I pondered 
and reflected my reactions to my presence in this Home. Many 
years before I had preached the dedicatory sermon in the 



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presence of many distinguished Brethren of ours, and other 
branches of the Dunker peoples. On the walls still hang the 
Rules made by the late, beloved Orion E. Bowman, while he 
was still in the bloom of vigorous manhood, speaking of his 
foresight and wisdom, so definitely had he foreseen the nec- 
essary requirements of such an institution. His life of ser- 
vice to our church has always been an inspiration to me. 
Here were presents that had come from many parts of the 
Brotherhood, demonstrating the unity of our people and their 
concern for the less fortunate among the members of their 
churches. On the walls of the big reception room hang the 
pictures of the Rineharts and Sister Fox, whose gracious and 
generous gifts had made a dream come true as to their 
stewardship and other dreams of a better place to live than 
"on the relations or the county." There is order, regularity, 
devotion, friendship and sacrifice pictured and demonstrated 
from keepers to residents all around the place. 

The devotional spirit is apparent and spiritually regarded 
by each occupant so far as one can see, and the devotions 
of each morning was a "light on our path" as they came 
and went. After the morning meal we remained to read the 
Scriptures, sing and pray. With from twelve to fifteen there 
and all of them devout Christians, choosing their favorite 
hymns, it was something quite unlike even family devotions 
and more like a service in the House of God, as we are wont 
to regard it. It seems to me that this was a most valuable 
part of the day to each one and it may well be that the 
orderliness and brotherliness of the place is more or less 
a result of this devotion and worship. In the measure of abil- 
ity, no one neglected or cared to miss it. No one during that 
time missed a single devotional hour unless they were abed 
with illness. 

The Home is kept warm with all the provisions of a good 
hostelry and the added feeling of relationship among the 
residents, made possible by the "grace of God that is within 
them." That even as many "old people" from different com- 
munities and home environments as are there could dwell 
together without friction or conflict, is a tribute to that 
Family Tie of brotherhood in Christ Jesus, apparent in both 
the residents and the Superintendent and IVIatron. 

Even the farm has been a paying institution and provides 
most of the food for the tables. The ordinary housewife little 
knows the prodigious amount of work done by all too few 
people in this institution as they "process "the output of an 
immense garden and the "stock" that is butchered from the 
pens and even the chicken house on that farm. Last fall when 
I visited the farm and saw corn that had come from the 
small germ in the grain to tassel and silk in only sixty days, 
I was made to exclaim, "What a miracle is corn — especially 
around Flora, Indiana!" 

If any brother thinks the Scotts have an easy task on 
their hands, let them reflect on what it takes to "run" an 
ordinary forty-acre farm and then add to that the washing, 
ironing, cooking, sweeping, cleaning and medical attention, 
care and loss of sleep needed by a number of people whose 
ages average above three-score and ten. One must live there 
to appreciate and realize some small part of it. In the civil 
institutions, we know that it is more or less routine service, 
but it cannot be so in a Brethren Home. In no sense is it a 
small task. 

I was glad to note the concern the Scotts and formerly 
the Sumans have had to keep this a Brethren Home. It 
might seem that it would be a sensible thing to keep the 
rooms all full and make money; but that is full of danger 
and repercussions, besides a using of money for purposes 
not intended by the donors and Brethren who sustain it. 

I came away with the definite conviction that the people 
who have the work to do must be left largely to decide 



whom they shall accept and whom they can allow to remain. 
One thing impresses me: it can in no sense be or become a 
hospital. Sickness and disease and death are all concom- 
itants of age; but it never fully dawned upon me just all 
the trouble and concern the keepers of this Home must endure 
and witness until this visit. It was a decidedly illuminating 
experience for me and in this message I am passing on to the 
Brotherhood some impressions I received that may help them 
to embrace a more sympathetic and generous attitude toward 
this very splendid, fully Brethren institution. I can see no 
reason why anyone eligible to become a resident here should 
not conclude as I did before this extended visit, that here 
is a better place for Brethren than any hotel one could 
choose in any ordinary small city. All in authority, as well 
as the residents and also the Brethren and good citizens of 
Flora and other surrounding Brethren Churches are anxious- 
ly hoping and praying that it may be made and kept and 
more and more appreciated as a Brethren HOME. 

Carey, Ohio. 

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WHITE GIFT SERVICE 
Linwood Brethren Church 

Each year at Christmas time the Linwood Brethren give 
a Cantata or a Pageant. This year the program committee 
decided to select a pageant depicting the Nativity as well as 
the Cross. And at the close have white gifts brought to the 
altar for the needy and have representatives of the Sunday 
School classes give their White Gift Oifering for Ashland 
College, as well as all of the evening church oflfering. 

The Linwood Brethren have given pageants for years under 
the capable directorship of Sister L. U. Messier. And now 
others who have gleaned from her training, carry on this 
work. On Sunday evening, December 19th, everything was 
in readiness for the pageant. And since Linwood is known 
for its pageants,, the house was well filled early in the eve- 
ning though four other near by churches were also having 
special Christmas services. 

The service opened with the congregation singing a carol 
The invocation was given by the pastor. The primary chil- 
dren brought a beautiful candlelight service, while a group 
of angels pantomimed as the hidden choir sang "Hark The 
Herald Angels Sing." Two characters, Miriam and Anna en- 
gaged in a conversation. They overheard two travelers and 
a watchman speak of the birthplace of the ne\/ King. A 
soloist then sang "0 Little Town of Bethlehem." while a 
young girl dressed as an angel pantomimed. 

All the costumes in this pageant were white. The curtain 
opened revealing a manger scene. Mary was seated near the 
crib. Joseph stood just behind her. A Guardian angel also 
stood by the crib. Just back of these stood four angels who 
played harps. A large white cross was in the background 
while above it was a field of blue with small stars and a 
nine inch lighted star. Floodlights used at the proper time 
added to the attractiveness of this pageant. 

Shepherds came to see the Babe as well as the Three Wise 
Men. Then the curtain was drawn over the manger scene. 
Miriam told of His death on the cross. Here the curtain was 
drawn revealing the lighted cross beneath stars and the 
lighted star. The hidden choir sang "In The Cross of Christ 
I Glory." 

The curtain was drawn again revealing a white throne 
beneath the illuminated cross and star. In a tableau, an at- 
tendant to the character representing the Spirit of Christ- 
mas, told of those who brought gifts to a certain earthly king 
on his birthday. All brought gifts for they loved their king. 



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15 



Then the Spirit of Christmas bade all to bring gifts to Jesus 
i Christ, King of heaven and earth. 

At this invitation, the representatives of the Sunday School 
I and church organizations came forward carrying lighted can- 
dles. They dropped their White Gift offering, to be received 
at this time, in the basket held by the attendant of the torch 
bearer of Substance. Two attendants received the evening 
Church offering for the Wliite Gift Offering. All then knelt 
together and presented their gifts at the foot of the throne. 

Then the teachers, officers, superintendent of the Sunday 
School, the pastor and others carried lighted candles. Some 
came to the platform. Others stood on each side. The pastor 
gave a personal invitation to accept Christ as Lord and Sav- 
iour while the choir sang "Just As I Am." A personal call 
was extended to the audience for reconsecration. The whole 
congregation stood and sang "Take My Life and Let It Be." 
Two stanzas of a Candle Light Song was the closing song 
prior to the benediction. 

Everyone present was greatly impressed by this type of 
a Christmas pageant, which was not an entertainment, but 
a consecration service. The object of the service was three 
fold: a presentation of Gifts of Substance, of Service and 
of Self to Christ. 

Early in the evening at the opening of the service the 
pastor was presented a fine Christmas purse of $50.50, for 
which he was indeed truly grateful. A splendid White Gift 
Offering was also received. 

Elmer M. Keck, Pastor, Linwood, Md. 

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MILLEDGEVILLE REVIVAL 

Some time ago the invitation came from the Milledgeville, 
111., Brethren, to come out there for a two weeks' Revival. 
It was a real source of pleasure to be able to do this, and the 
dates were agreed upon for November 22 to December 5. This 
gave the Evangelist the privilege of enjoying a whopping 
big Thanksgiving dinner in the spacious home of Dr. and 
Mrs. W. S. Bell. It was really a shame the amount of "Locker" 
beef your humble servant consumed on that occasion. 

Not only for Thanksgiving Day, but for the whole two 
weeks, the hospitality of these fine Brethren even outshone 
the quantity and quality of their meals, and they were enor- 
mous and scrumptious, respectively. The Pastor's home was 
a most enjoyable home for the Evangelist while there. Rev. 
and Mrs. W. St. Claire Benshoff made the "visiting Elder" 
feel right at home and comfortable every minute of the time. 
"Little Jimraie," who was the newest and most important 
member of the family did his share also in entertaining 
"Grandpa" Lindower. His healthy appetite and growth was 
a marvel to behold during the two weeks' time. 

The spiritual blessings of the meetings were many, and the 
Evangelist received the most of them. The loyalty of the young 
people to the choir, special music and the singing of Gospel 
choruses was a constant satisfaction. To see ten people, from 
children to grown folks step forward for the Lord in the last 
service, is an experience which no one can appreciate like 
the one who has been presenting the messages. 

I wish to express, as much as words can, my appreciation 
to the Benshoff's for the fine fellowship with them, and for 
everything they did to make my stay comfortable and easy. 
I want to thank the congregation for their loyal support and 
faithful hearing, and especially Dr. and Mrs. Bell who were 
present every night. My sincere thanks also to the congre- 
gation for their overwhelming love-offering. 

In holding these services it was my privilege also to fel- 
lowship with the Dutehtown Church of the Brethren, and 



their young pastor. Rev. Paul Miller and his family, to which 
a new member was added on the last day of the meeting. On 
both Sunday mornings it was my privilege to preach first 
at Dutehtown, then at Milledgeville. The cooperation is splen- 
did between these two groups of Brethren, and I hope we 
can have more of it. 

That is as far as paper and ink can go in a report. But 
the blessings of the meeting will remain at least with the 
Evangelist. They were the blessings of God through His 
Holy Spirit. 

L. E. Lindower, 

Ashland Theological Seminary. 

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THE LANARK CHURCH 

When I left Lanark I promised I would write a brief state- 
ment for publication in the Evangelist, hence this missive. 

Interests that could not be cared for from a distance of 
several hundred miles necessitated our removal back to Mun- 
cie or vicinity hence the change being made at this time. It 
isn't a difficult thing to speak for the first time to a strange 
audience, but when one had worked with people and learned 
to love them and then preach the last sermon, it is altogether 
a different situation. In fact it is a situation from which one 
may well shrink. Well — I just found it extremely difficult 
to speak to the Lanark congregation for the last time and 
then left there during the night following rather than face 
the ordeal of saying goodbye individually. 

I have been fortunate in that I never served any but good 
churches from my earliest beginning at Glenford and Oakville 
down to the present time. But, in all my ministry I never 
served a finer people than the Lanark congregation. In the 
South when they care to pay one a specially high compli- 
ment they say of them, "They are Home Folks"; well — Lan- 
ark people are just that. My family has had a rather unusual 
contact with that community. It was in this community that 
my father went as a young school teacher back in the sev- 
enties and was married while there, some of the people still 
remember him and attended his wedding. And it is inter- 
esting to recall in this connection that after the wedding cere- 
mony the bridal party went to church as a kind of proper 
marriage celebration. Then in a later day my brother spent 
nine successful years as pastor of this church and so when 
I came upon the scene in this far removed time I was not 
without entree to the hearts of the people. This may have 
had much to do with my coming to feel a closeness of asso- 
ciation with the good people that compose this church and 
community. People who overlook Lanark when they are count- 
ing the good churches of the brotherhood are simply making 
a grave mistake. 

This final word — Lanark is a church with a future. In ten 
years from now this church should be better than it is now 
in view of the fact that this church has an unusually fine 
group of younger people coming into service in the church 
that will be amply able to carry on after their elders have 
ceased to be active. This is really a great people and I be- 
speak for them and their new pastor a great future. God 
grant that it may be so. 

At a later date I will have something to say about the 
work here at Muncie. We are now quite comfortable in a 
fine parsonage and are meeting some friends we worked with 
in the long ago. What a joy to renew friendships that have 
lasted across the years and have people say that they count 
it a privilege to work together again and so it is. 

E. D. Burnworth, Muncie, Indiana. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




The 

Business 

Manager s 

Corner 



By George S. Baer 



RENEW— RENEW— RENEW 

Now is the time when many renewals of Evangelist sub- 
scriptions should be made. The vast majority of subscriptions 
expire with the close of the year. We urge all to look at their 
labels and if your time is out, take care of the renewal 
promptly. If you do this, it will help us in time and expense, 
and it will help you by seeing to it that you do not miss a 
single copy of The Evangelist. 

MORE SUNDAY SCHOOL QUARTERLIES 

are on hand; we would like to send them out where they ought 
to be — in the hands of those who will make use of them. 
We suggest to our schools that they do not be too close in 
their orders. Every school ought to have enough extras to 
take care of visitors and new scholars right up to the very 
close of the quarter. It is a satisfaction to the officers not 
to have to tell visitors, "We are out of quarterlies, we are 
sorry, but Brother Blank will share his with you." And the 
impression is a lot better on your visitor, if you do not have 
to go through that sort of an embarrassment. So do not 
skimp your order too much. 

Another Tract Sponsor 

comes from North Manchester, Indiana. The Woman's Mis- 
sionary Society of that church sent us a check for $25. We 
wish to thank them and also their loyal pastor, Dr. Schutz, 
for his encouragement. The actual tract printing will have 
to wait a little because of some book orders that must be 
gotten out in addition to the regular publications. We will 
take the matter up with you later. 

Books and Supplies 

are still available, especially church and Sunday school sup- 
plies. Orders on books and supplies are slow in being filled 
because of labor shortage, so it is advisable to order early. 
Not as many books are being printed as formerly, but still 
there are many good books available. And these times need 
the tonic of the right kind of religious books and magazines. 

$.5000 Publication Day Offering 

That is the goal set by the National Goals Program of 
General Conference, and our needs show that the Conference 
Committee was not any too generous, for we do actually need 
no less than $5000, and more, for things that ought to be taken 
care of immediately. The Government expects the church to 
function efficiently in these times that try men's souls, and one 
of the very important conditions is to have efficient equipment 
in the church's printing plant. Printing the Gospel Message, 
improving equipment, paying debts and finishing work on the 
rentals — these, and every other consideration press home the 
importance of the largest Publication Day Offering ever made 



by the Brethren Church. Every congregation sliould set as 
its goal "The Largest Ever." And isolated members are in- 
vited to send their offerings direct to us, and if such will 
indicate the church where they have their membership, we 
will give that church credit. Give generously — It is the Lord's 
work. The last Sunday in January is the date. 



^ With the Laymen ^ 



The Northern Indiana Laymen's Group of the Brethren 
Churches met at Goshen for their twenty-eighth quarterly 
session with Sam Sharpe, president, of Nappanee, in charge 
of the business meeting. 

At the roll call 142 men responded, with churches repre- 
sented as follows: Milford — 16; New Paris — 4; South Bend 
— 24; Nappanee — 23; North Manchester — 3; Ardmore — 3; 
Warsaw— 27; Elkhart— 13; Gravelton— 1; Goshen— 27; Visi- 
tors — 1. 

There was a discussion of the various activities of the 
laymen in their respective churches, giving the men some 
new ideas to take home for local use. It was voted to take 
a collection at the next meeting to start a Shipshewana Fund 
for the purpose of providing funds for building on the lot 
bought at Shipshewana Lake several years ago. 

Officers for the next year were elected as follows: 

President, Sam Sharpe, Nappanee 

Vice President, Everett Miller, New Paris 

Secretary-Treasurer, Dart Bemenderfer, Goshen 

Donald Kollar, National Secretary of the Laymen's Asso- 
ciation, of South Bend, spoke on the applications for charters 
and asked the groups to get their applications in at once. 

Music during the meal was presented by a trio, Audrey 
Miller, .lean Tritch and Jean Rowsey, Piano, Flute and Violin. 
Mrs. Hummell and Mrs. Rowsey gave several numbers to- 
gether on piano and pipe organ. 

Charles Higgins of Goshen introduced Dr. Bosler of New 
Paris, a medical missionary on furlough, who spoke on his 
work in Nigeria, Africa. He is returning to his field in May 
of 1944. 

Dart K. Bemenderfer, Sec.-Treas. 

THIS IS IMPORTANT 

Send all 

WHITE GIFT OFFERINGS TO 

Dean M. A. Stuckey, Treasurer 

Nat'l. Sunday School Assn. 

523 Samaritan Avenue, 

Ashland, Ohio 



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5l. LXVI No. 3 Jan. 15, 1944 
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The Absentee 



Frontispiece poem 



God Clothed the World 



Mary McDowell 

God clothed the world in crystal white 

As soft I lay asleep last night. 

It had been naked, bare and bleak, 
But now, its beauty none can speak. 

This morning bushes dark and bare 
Had puffs of cotton in their hair. 
And wind-swept lawns so dully green 
Wore blankets of white, diamond sheen. 

So bright the world wore loveliness 

It mutely spoke of holiness. 
Unwilling feet my pathway trod, 
Lest they should mar the robe of God. 



"Someone is Absent," the Shepherd said, 
As over my classbook He bent his head; 
For several Sundays absent, too, 
So tell me. teacher what did you do?" 

"I didn't call as perhaps I should 
I wrote cards but they did no good, 
I've never heard and she never came, 
So I decided to drop her name." 

He answered gravely, "A flock was mine, 
A hundred — no, there were ninety and nine, J 

For one was lost in the dark and cold \ 

So I sought that sheep which had left the fold. 

"The path was stony and edged with thorns. 
My feet were wounded, and bmised and torn. 
But I kept on seeking, nor counted the cost, 
And oh, the joy when I found the lost." 

Thus spoke the Shepherd in tender tone, 

I looked and lo — I was all alone 

But God a vision had sent to me. 

To show His will toward the absentee. 

— ^Western Forum. 



TOMORROW 
By Dorothy Jean Rose 

The mystery of tomorrow 
Is shed like a mantle, 
And the rising sun 
Ushers in today! 

Today- 
Fresh from the hand of God for you, for me! 
Today— 

With its chance to play a part 
Of hope and courage 
That yesterday 
We said we would play tomorrow. 

But today is nearly gone, 

And we haven't done what we said we would. 

Instead, 

We have played the part of intolerance and greed. 

Of selfishness, or hate — 

Of failure to reach out toward a noble goal. 

Bitterly we look back upon today — 

Then hopefully forward 

Where faith and courage are 

Because the rising sun 

Will usher in another chance 



January 15, 1944 



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By J. Ray Klingensmith 



LOOKING TOWARDS THE END OF THE WAR 

The facts are that during every war of the past 
the work of the church has taken a set-back. During 
the Revolutionary War, the Spanish American War, 
The Civil War, The First World War and the pres- 
ent World War conditions much alike have existed. 
Evangelism became ineffective, attendance fell off, 
prayer meetings practically vanished, and on the 
outside evil and its organized forces ran wild. Ap- 
parently the Dove of Heaven, the Holy Spirit, with- 
draws above a sadistic and bestial humanity while 
it is slugging and dynamiting its fellows to wait for 
things to regain some degree of sanity before the 
Church can move effectively in its midst. 

But, if the Lord shall tarry, the present war will 
end. Churches will again be built. Pastors will be 
needed by the thousands over the land. Seminaries 
will flourish. Mission fields will be begging for help. 
Thousands upon thousands of dollars will be needed 
for repairs and for new projects.' 

If we cannot realize our dreams right now we can 
at least build some. And we can lay by the means 
whereby we can help to make them come to pass. 
Thus it is good for our Sunday School teachers and 
pastors to be crusading for Christ among the young- 
sters who will not be old enough to enter the ser- 
vices of the war now. Burden their hearts for the 
ministry or for missionary work and for Christian 
education NOW. Enlist them ! Enrich their spiritual 
lives and longings now. It always takes years to ac- 
complish anything great. Begin now and they will 
be ready after the war. 

Likewise, while money seems so accessible to 
many, it would be great to start funds for future 
Seminary students, missionaries, college students. 

Inasmuch as the war priorities are withholding 
most of the work of Home Missions in starting 
projects in new buildings, we trust that we can have 
a great reserve already at hand to be used the min- 
ute conditions will permit. It is only good manage- 
ment and a bit of foresight that will keep us going 
with real success after the war. Christians should 
manifest vision today in order that God may use 
us tomorrow. 

AN APPRECIATION TO PASTORS 

The man who lives in the midst of his problems 
today and cannot get away from them is the Pastor. 
He faces great and withering obstacles which would 



long ago have caused lesser souls to withdraw. The 
busy folks about him making two and three times 
their normal salary and exceedingly more than the 
pastor is allowed to meet the increasing expenses of 
the modern day have none too much time for the 
church or its message. Everything the pastor stands 
against in his community in the pleasure world seems 
to thrive and be going full blast. The theaters and 
dance halls and night clubs do not seem to be both- 
ered about "these busy times" like the church is. 

Now is the day when it seems to us that the great- 
est dividends in Eternity will accrue for the servant 
of the Lord who stands by his post, faithful. He 
cannot let go his position, for tomorrow the value 
of his today's work is going to be realized. His 
"aloneness" places him among the true servants of 
the Lord of every age. 

If any man thinks some of our own Brethren pas- 
tors are not filling their positions well let him make 
a study of some of our churches and their great ad- 
vances in the past few years. Sometimes we wonder 
how these men and these congregations do it. But 
they do. And the burden is taking wings and flying 
into real spiritual power. When you read the reports 
of the Mission offerings of some of our churches you 
are going to wonder. You will wonder how they do 
it. It takes a life freighted with a burden that has 
long been worn, and well, to accomplish what some 
of our men and churches are accomplishing in this 
line. May great and greater joys return to them. 



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RELIEF 

The British Council of Churches announces that 
$10,000 has been sent to the National Christian 
Council of India for the famine relief as a result 
of the recent appeal made bv the Archbishop of Can- 
terbun^ the moderator of the Ceneral Assembly nf 
the Church of Scotland, and the moderator of the 
Free Church Federal Council. 

We believe we ourselves as a denomination will 
soon be able to do some great human service in the 
name of Christ. 58 of onr churches who have sent 
in their Thanksgiving Offerings thus far have in- 
creased their gifts over last year's. To that extent 
we can minister to the sick and hungry and cold and 
homeless. These churches who have increased their 
oflFerings will all be recognized with the human Ser- 



The Brethren ETangellst 



vice Awards, to be issued sliortly. It is not too late 
for any church to become eligible. But January 31 
is the deadline date. 

BOOKS 

To our great delight there are some great books 
being written and issued now on the theme of "Evan- 
gelism." One excellent work entitled Choose Ye This 
Day is issued by the Westminster Press and written 
by Dr. Elmer G. Homrighausen, Professor of Chris- 
tian Education in Princeton Theological Seminary. 
This is the result of an intensive study and action 
taken by The Federal Council of Churches. It will 
give the student of Evangelism many a surprise. 
Likewise, Dr. Andrew Blackwood, Chairman of the 
Practical Department of Princeton Seminary writes 
a book entitled Evaugelism In The Home Church. 
It is a fine and up-to-the minute treatement of the 
only successful evangelism today. Again a very good 
work for every minister and church leader to read 
is Dr. William Temple's book The Hope of a New 
World. Dr. Temple is the Archbishop of Canterbury. 
He has a great voice in our modern times and speaks 
vital things. He is greatly burdened over the lack 
of soul-winning success in our churches. 

To those who prefer great fiction Lloyd Douglas's 
The Robe is a great work which will thrill you with 
scenes and characters surrounding Jesus in His day. 
It will enrich your appreciation of early Christianity. 



AND NO BRETHREN! 

MISSIONS, a Baptist magazine, publishes the fol- 
lowing article which show that contrary to wide- 
spread impression missionaries are returning to 
their fields: 

"The annual report of the Passport Committee of 
the Foreign Missions Conference, covering the year 
October 1, 1942 to September 30, 1943, reveals that 
154 American missionaries (79 men and 75 women) , 
reperesenting 31 American foreign mission boards, 
were assisted in securing passports, sailing permits 
and passage to their fields. They went to the fol- 
lowing mission areas: 53 to Africa, 68 to China, 26 
to India, and 9 to the Near East. Many others were 
sent out independently by Boards that did not re- 
quire the services of the Foreign Missions Confer- 
ence. The inclusion of 75 w^omen refutes the wide 
impression that women are discriminated against as 
wartime travelers. They have justifi"ed confidence in 
them by proving to be excellent travelers under to- 
day's almost impossible travel conditions. Moreover, 
governments have come to realize that the service 
rendered by high grade, consecrated women in a time 
of world tragedy far outweighs any possible trans- 
portation difficulties. 

This report should dissipate any pessimism over 
the present status of foreign missions. The world 
mission of the church is not going backward ; nor is 
it merely standing still. It is moving forward." 



DR. HARRY EMERSON FOSDICK recently cele- 
bi-ated the 40th year of his entrance into the minis- 
try. In a sermon marking that event, he said: 

Forty years ago, thinking Christians believed that 
it was necessary to adjust Christ to modern civiliz,a- 
tion — to modern scientific and intellectual concepts. 
But today, if the world is to survive, the need is for 
adjusting modern civilization to Christ. This gen- 
ei'ation has seen an incredible advance of scientific 
knowledge, and yet on a scale never known before, 
rum is coming to millions upon millions of families 
around the world. Our knowledge alone cannot save 
us." 



Forty boys and girls can be given religious train- 
ing with money spent to maintain one prisoner in 
a penitentiary. In other words, it costs forty times 
as much to care for a prisoner in a penitentiary 
as to give a boy or girl a religious education. It is 
also reported that from the one-half of the American 
people who have no religious training come 95% of 
the criminals. — Educational News Bulletin. 

DID YOU KNOW IN THIS CONNECTION THAT 
Over one-half of the young people in America have 
never set foot inside the church or had any re- 
ligious training. 



An appeal is sounding forth for greater I'eligious 
training in the home. It is said that one of our chap- 
lains found in his group only one soldier out of 20 
who could repeat the Lord's Prayer. Of course, if 
there were many Jews in the group that might ex- 
plain this woeful lack, for the Jews do not have the 
Lord's Prayer as a part of their worship. As we un- 
derstand the matter, however, this group of soldiers 
was considered a fair cross section. Anyhow, grow- 
ing up on the streets of our cities are multitudes of 
boys who know absolutely nothing of God and Chris- 
tianity. Our daily vacation Bible schools are helping 
remedy this condition. — The Watchman-Examiner. 



There are 25,000,000 under 21 away from any 
church connection in America. 



Did You Knoiv '? 

There are 2,250,000,000 people in the world. 

There are 685,000,000 professing Christians in the 

world. 

There are more than 1,500,000,000 people in the 

world who have no Saviour. — California Southern 

Baptist. 



January 15, 1944 

Is the Evangelist Gone Forever? 

J. Ray Klingensmith 



luroughout all Christendom, from the offices of 
the Archbishop of Canterbury to the offices of the 
Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, 
and on down to the pew and prayer meeting of mil- 
lions of Christian laymen today there has come the 
awful realization that strangely the people of the 
church cannot reach the people of the world for 
Christ. 

This situation becomes more vexing when we 
pray, call, advertise, phone, and even attempt to 
coax people into our churches to realize only a min- 
imum of success. 

The past quarter of a century has contributed 
largely to the world's present attitude by educating 
the people that "Evangelism" and "Revivals" and 
"Evangelists" were high-geared "emotional" agen- 
cies, to be shunted by refined people. However the 
movie world never believed in all of the dangers of 
"emotions" that the preachers were so sure to guard 
against, and the magazines of everyday life, and the 
governments in their attempts to marshal great hu- 
man armies and nations didn't even stop to think 



back and teach us music and Christian principles and 
started our improved courses in "Applied Christian- 
ity." Poor Evangelist ! We thought he was gone for- 
ever ! 

But we had as well bid the Holy Spirit cease re- 
generating the human heart. As well to bid hope 
from springing eternal in the human breast. Just as 
well command the seas to stop the swelling of their 
tides; for the Evangelistic function, a gift of the 
Holy Spirit to an individual man of God here or 
there, will continue as long as the Church remains 
in this world. It will remain as long as Jesus saves 
men from sin, for He functions through it. 

Let us not be so foolish about Evangelism as were 
other ages in declaring that poetry and art would 
cease in our practical age. After they said it came 
Homer to give Troy to flame and immortality. They 
said again that poetry was through and could go no 
farther. Then came Aeschylus with gorgeous trag- 
edy and sceptered pall. Again they said poetiy was 
finished. And again came Dante and Shakespeare! 



Dr. J. C. Massee says: 

"Here is the most startling obsei-vation in a long evangelistic minis- 
try. I have found no single church with its membeis instnicted in soul- 
winning wisdom and methods — I have found no church with a member- 
ship passion for winning men to Christ — The church has lost its own ex- 
perience of regeneration, and therefore its own consciousness of salva- 
tion. With this loss there has fallen an almost total loss of real concern 
for the redemption of sinners through Christ. Normally there is no defi- 
nite soul-winning effort in the churches." 



that they might seem ridiculous if they used emo- 
tional appeal. They just used it where it w.as needed. 
But woe unto the Christian speaker who ever so 
much as dared bring such out-worn and old fash- 
ioned equipment to church! 

Thus with the ousting of "emotion" from the holy 
and cold atmosphere of the church we revealed our 
frowning countenance towards the Evangelist, the 
man who majored in the use of exhortation, a per- 
fectly i-espectable gift from the Spirit of God that 
once felt right at home in the Lord's house. 

So we managed to have done with the Evangelist. 
We built costly educational adjuncts to our church 
houses and sent our youngsters to school to come 



Ridiculous are the churchmen and worldings to pro- 
test that Evangelism is finished! It hasn't started 
yet! In spite of two thousand years of the Church 
the world is still hungry and mostly lost. Has any- 
one yet arisen to teach us how to apply Christianity 
to a single generation ? Has anyone yet lit the torch 
of zeal for God in even a single denomination ! Have 
the forces of Satan in his employment of fiends to 
work his will in a sadistic age been shackled ? Never 
think till God has won his age-old battle over sin 
and Satan and the hosts of hell that the most vital 
function of His ministry will perish. Christianity 
and evangelism do not happen to be made of perish- 
able fabrications. 



The Brethren Evanireliat 



Evangelism may be silenced for a century by the 
philosophic pursuits of the doctors and scribes with- 
in God's church. It may become ridiculous in an age 
that has gambled on the relevant truths of science, 
treating the mcomplete deductions as though they 
were eternal and all inclusive truths ; but when these 
have completed their speculations and rewritten their 
unsymetric scores, the inspired man of God will still 
be there with a burning message of salvation and 
will capture again the glorious rainbow of redemp- 
tive love which spans the Ages and reaches into 
Eternity. 

Witness the present longing for the type of work 
done in the age that has been the most criticized of 
any in American history. One of the most recent 
works written on Evangelism recalls that every 
great Gospel hymn now used in the newest Methodist 
Hymnal was produced in and immediately around 
the day of Jonathan Edwards. The old truths of the 
Christian faith are necessary in the creation of the 
type of Christian life that produces inspiration 
which will soar above life's sordid things and cap- 
ture the song of the soul amidst the roar of mortal 
things. Thus, the so-called "Puritanic" preachers 
with their didactic emphasis and "thus saith the 
Lord" message gave wing to a more successful 
Christianity than we are able to substitute today. 

With the passing of the Evangelists in our day 
have also gone the old-fashioned Experience Meet- 
ings. Perhaps it is because there are too few expe- 
riences known by individuals between God and man. 
Or it may be because there were no experiences 
worth talking about. We do not want the morbid 



self-examination which digs up the seeds of grace to 
see if they have sprouted, but one cannot study the 
life of God's children from the days of Paul until 
now without catching the inspiration of life. Paul 
thought that the best thing about him was not his 
sermons but his experience, and his sermons took on 
value only as they were based on that experience. 

In John 9 the blind man's creed was his EXPE- 
PJENCE. "This one thing I know; whereas I was 
blind, now I see." The New Testament writers 
claimed indisputably to be writing about that which 
they had seen and heard and handled with their own 
hands. 

Today the blank stare and the quizzical look on 
the faces of churchmen when one talks about such 
a thing as an experience with Jesus Christ is suffi- 
cient evidence that the inspirations leading to such 
things to make them desired among us have fled. 
When preaching becomes mere preachment and 
Christian meetings are only services such becomes 
the spiritual condition of the church. Few will cry 
out "What must we do to be saved." 

We pray that back to our churches with great 
power and conviction will come real Evangelistic 
preaching including the themes of repentance from 
sin and conversion of life and the seeking of spiritual 
consecration in the will of God. Let the Atonement 
and the Separated Life and the thrill of the old Bible 
stories again be heard reverberating among the 
auditoriums of the churches, and we verily believe 
that before long there will be listeners to hear them. 



We publish the following from the Gospel Messenger, 
an editorial as written by Edward Frantz. Advisory 
Editor. 



The Full Opportunity of the Gospel 

Edwa/rd Frantz 



There are so many ways of telling what the busi- 
ness of the church is but here is a phrasing of it we 
came across the other day: "to give the gospel of 
Christ its full opportunity in the world." 

How do you like it ? Does it cover the ground. The 
business of the church is surely nothing less than 
that. What more could it be, if the gospel is given 
its "full opportunity?" 

That statement suggests two important questions 
which would have to be answered before the import 
of it could be grasped. What is the full opportunity 
of the gospel and how is that opportunity to be given 
to the world? These questions are too big to answer 
in a word or two but let's look at them and start 
them to soaking in the mind. 

Think of that first one for a minute. What would 
the gospel do for the world if it had a good chance, 
a "full" chance? What for the folks deep down in 



sin ? It would rescue them. What for those who have 
been rescued, barely rescued? It would i-ebuild their 
lives into a fully-developed Christian manhood. What 
for the multitudes who live in an environment of 
varying degrees of unwholesomeness and degrada- 
tion, if the gospel had a full chance at that environ- 
ment? Isn't the "full opportunity" of the gospel 
rather large ? 

How is the gospel to be given that kind of oppor- 
tunity in the world? That is the more troublesome 
question because its implications are so personal. 
Certainly the gospel has never liad anything like 
such an opportunity. Seeing what the possibilities 
are, if it should have, must not one wish it could 
have ? 

Why doesn't the gospel have its full opportunity in 
the world? Can you think of just one reason? 



January 15, 1944 

To evangelize is 



to win disciples, 
to become fishers of men, 

to carry the Gospel message directly to all nations.- 

S. M. Zwemer. 



"The best way to have a strong church for these times is to go after 
the unsaved. As we move forward in this work the church rises up to 
its duty and she becomes strong in her consciousness of her ability to 
bring men the Christ. — J. F. Gross. 



D. L. Moody used to say that there was no better way to wake a 
church up than to put its members to work. He said, "One man will wake 
up another in waking himself." 



"Going Out 



Bringing Them In' 




That there is a growing appre- 
hension over the present-day con- 
ditions of empty, ineffective 
churches is evident in many of the 
denominational papers that come 
to our office. We quote a short 
article from a current Watchmmi 
Examiner : 

I once heard of a tramp who 
entered a drug store and inquired, 
"Do you have anything for a bad 
cold?" The druggist was a very 
precise and particular sort of a 
fellow and, not noticing much the 
untidy and unkempt appearance 
of the tramp, asked in his usual 
way, "Have you brought your 
prescription with you?" The man 
answered, "No, I have not, but I 
have brought my cold with me." 
The man knew he had a need and 
was desirous that that need be 
supplied. 

We sometimes speak of the 
world as crying out to God and 
the church in its need. Well, in a 
sense this is so, but in another 
sense it is far from true. There is 
no doubt that the world is crying 
out in its heartbreak, for it is a 
sick and dying world. But for the 
most part, the world is not crying 
out to either Christ or the church. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



The reason is that men have the sickness but do nOt 
have the prescription to meet the need of their lives. 
It is only the occasional one who will slip into the 
church or to the Christian way of salvation and life. 
It is for us who know the cure for the world's ill 
to tell them of it. 

We ai'e living in days when it seems especially 
easy to speak to individuals. They are not flocking 
to our churches. The pathetic thing about present- 
day conditions is the emptiness of our churches. 
There is, of course, a reason for it. The church folks 
ai'e away serving in the armed forces or working 
long hours and late, even on the Lord's Day, as sol- 
diers of industry. Now we are seeking what some 
of us felt and talked about before the war, that the 
unsaved and unbelieving do not attend church and 
therefore are not being reached with the prescription 
for their ills. This is why there are not great 
numbers being saved in our church services. Many 
of them would take the prescription and the cure if 
they only knew about it, but unless they are told they 
never will know. "Faith cometh by hearing, and 
hearing by the word of God." 

The invitation of the Gospel is still "Come." But 
we are apt to forget that we ai'e to go and bid folks 
to come. There will be those who will make excuses, 
even though they promise to come. This has been 
true all down through the church age, and we have 
experienced much of it in our generation. But will 
you notice the explicit command of Luke 14, as in 
the words of the servant (v. 22) we say, "Lord, it is 
done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is 
room," and are then given our orders, "Go out into 
the highways and hedges, and compel them to come 
in, that my house may be filled." 

Can it be that we are overlooking this command? 
How much "going out" are we doing, compelling by 
life and lip the multitude to "come in?" 



"Go labor on, spend and be spent. 
Thy joy to do the Father's will; 

It is the way the master went. 

Should not the servant tread it still? 

"Go labor on, 'tis not for naught. 
Thy earthly loss is heavenly gain; 

Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not. 
The Master praises, what are men? 

"Go labor on, while yet 'tis day. 
The woi-ld's night is hastening on, 

Speed, speed thy work, cast cloth away, 
It is not thus that souls are won !" 




Recent 

Testimonies 

from the Army 
About Missions 



A chaplain with the infantry in New Caledonia] 
says, "Out here we find the Christian I'eligion the 
closest tie we have with our strange neighbors. The 
good work done by Missionaries in past years has 
borne fruit in Christian character. People of various 
i-aces find that they are one with us American sol- 
diers in the same loyalty to Christ and the great 
human ideals of justice and liberty which rest on 
Christian truth. We should support missions for 
those whose lives are freed fi'om darkness and de- 
spair by the light of the Christian Gospel. And it will 
not hurt us to know that the same mission work has 
paved a way for us here in New Caledonia, having 
created a spirit of sympathy and understanding. 
None of my sturdy men will evei' say, 'I don't believe 
in missions.' They are all for it." — The Watchman- 
EMiminer. 



Writing to the Rev. Richard S. Preston, of All 
Saints Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, a new 
England soldier serving in New Caledonia says : "We 
have seen the work of missionaries and the need for 
them, and, believe me, they do wonderful work. Not 
long ago this island was just full of native tribes 
and so-called head-hunters, very savage. French mis- 
sionaries finally taught them to become Christians, 
and now, even though a very primitive, plain, and 
simple folk, they have a great pride in being children 
of the Lord."— World Outlook. 



We are told that when the retreating English sol- 
diers from Dunkerque reached the docks of England 
a minister of the Church of England was there and 
greeted the soldiers by saying, 



"Cheer 
world." 



up. Tommy! You are building a new 



Tommy replied, "No, Dominie, we are tearing 
down the old world, and it is up to you to build a 
new world." 

There is much truth in the saying of the English 
Tommy. But the work of building the new worlH 
does not belong wholly to the dominie but to the 
WHOLE CHURCH.— Fn«i J. Dimdore. 



January 15, 1944 



Argentina News 



By C. F. Yoder 



The first Christian Endeavor Society in Argentina 
was organized in Rio Cuarto in April, 1914 but soon 
after a society was organized in Temperley, near 
Buenos Aires. Since then the work has spread to half 
a dozen other denominations and enthusiastic con- 
ventions are held every year. 

This year the convention was entertained by our 
Brethren society in Rosario. There were 140 visitors 
to take care of, but the local workers were well or- 
ganized and everything went smoothly, except that 
it rained all night and all day. However, an onnii- 
bus took the people to and from the meetings, and 
inside of the spacious hall which was rented there 
was room and comfort. The first meetings were neld 
in our large tent and the rest in the hall, while the 
tents were both used foi' kitchen and dining room 
for the sumptuous dinner that was served. In the 
afternoon tea and cakes were served in the hall and 
then there was a social period until the evening 
meeting. 

The program consisted of spiritual addresses 
around the theme "What Christ Is to Youth." Our 
own workers had a prominent place on the program 
and the Rosario church, which made most sacrifice, 
also received most blessing. 

A committee was appointed to arrange for a sum- 
mer camp. It is to be held February 1 to 15 on an 
island in the great Parana River not far from Ro- 
sario. The organization and program follows the 
plan of similar camps in the home land. Thei'e are 
to be courses in Bible Study, Personal Work, Youth 
Problems, etc. 

We hope to hold a rest retreat for our workers and 
helpers and their families the forepart of January 
in the mountains near Cordoba. These will be re- 
ported later. 

We are now in the epoch when some Sunday 
Schools close because of the summer heat and the 



absence of many people on their vacations. Our mis- 
sions, however, take advantage of the season to have 
summer Vacation Bible Schools, tent campaigns and 
summer camps. 

Brother Anton also had a tent meeting in Buenos 
Aires last month and now we ai'e having a prolonged 
tent campaign in Cordoba in connection with our 
Vacation Bible School and preparation for the 
Christmas program. 

For years we have searched for a place for a mis- 
sion in the center of our district, which is the only 
district in this city of over 300,000 which has no 
other work, except at one edge of it. But just as the 
time came to begin we secured a corner in the most 
central and highest point, with two vacant lots be- 
sides a small house. We thus have room for tent and 
playground and the commodities we need to take 
care of the work and to continue on the site. 

We have the Bible School in the afternoon, then 
in the evening a half hour of Bible pictures and tnen 
the preaching service. The attendance and interest 
has been good and twenty-five have already given 
public testunony of their acceptance of the Lord. 
After the meetings a group of young men remain 
for conversation and questions. As the best of the 
foi-mer two groups now come here we will concen- 
trate our efforts in this center. 

Besides the meetings in the tent we have monthly 
meetings for women and girls and monthly Com- 
munion Services. This is because the people them- 
selves want to observe the Lord's Supper often. 

The Catholics go from house to house and distrib- 
ute tracts with the usual slanders against us, but 
apparently they are helping our attendance by such 
methods, and we are quite hopeful of having a stable 
group here which will become a strong church in 
time. 



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1943 Easter Offerings Not Previously Reported ... 

(Through an error Masontown was not reported, and the others came in after pre- 
vious report was made.) 



Falls City Brethren Church 

A. H. Burk $ 1.00 

Ellj Camblin 1. 00 

S. B. Clark 5.00 

Florence Cleaver .25 

Mary Henry 1,00 

Mrs. Hughes B Son 1.00 

Gary Lemmon .02 

Mrs. Joe Lemmon 1.00 

Dorothy Lichty 1.00 

Frank Lithty 10.00 

Guy C Lichry ^^ 20.00 



Ella Noyes 5.00 

Mary E. Reiger 5.00 

Dan Sargant 3.00 

Mrs. \V. T. Reiger 1.50 

Harry Strasil 1.00 

H. W. Slump 1.00 

Mrs. Lee Stump .25 

Miscellaneous 5,95 

Mnsontown Brethren Church 

Rev. K Mrs. Freeman Ankrum S 5.00 



James M. Brown 10.00 

Mrs. Belle S. Honsaker 100.00 

J. W. King 8 James 10.00 

Mrs. J. W. King 10.00 

Loyal Women's Class 11.15 

Mrs. F. C. Malone 5.00 

Matilda Sangston 5.00 

Mr. B Mrs. H. H. Smitley__ 5.00 

Louis Wheeler 5.00 

Miscellaneous 3 3.24 

Mount PletlFianl Brethren Church 



$ 44.50 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




The Word 

at 

Wor\ 



HOME COMING AND HARVEST HOME 
SERVICE 

On the twenty-eighth of November the First 
Brethren Church of Cumberland, Md., had an all- 
day program under the rather too brave name that 
heads this article. Invitations were sent out to all to 
whom we could send them who had formerly 
marched regularly with us in this company of the 
Lord's soldiery. Some of them responded and we 
all together enjoyed the morning service of worship 
followed by a basket dinner in the basement. That 
happy incident disposed of we again gathered in the 
auditorium for an afternoon service in which good, 
helpful, spiritual messages were brought by our own 
Brother Wilbur Thomas on the subject of "Witness- 
ing for Jesus," and by Rev. Edwin S. Price on the 
subject of "Simon of Cyrene, the Cross-bearer." 
Brother Thomas, a member of our church, is one who 
faithfully bears witness for the Lord Jesus as a per- 
sonal worker in the factory where he is employed. 
Rev. Price is pastor of the Second Baptist Church of 
Cumberland. Besides the usual offerings of Sundays 
there was on this Sunday a special offering of goods 
and money for the Brethren work at Lost Creek, Ky. 
A generous amount of food and other goods was 
piled in the front of the platform and $8 in money 
was given. 

We thank the Lord for all the blessings of the 
day, including the opportunity to fellowship with 
Him in giving, the presence of some who heeded our 
invitations, and the spiritual uplift of the Gospel 
messages. The Christian Endeavor gave a special 
program in the evening, and the evening worship 
service was a quiet spiritual close to a day offered 
to the Lord for His glory. 

Your fellow-sharer in the blessed hope, 

P. M. Naff. 

UDELL, IOWA 

The young people of the Christian Endeavor after 
much practice gave a Christmas cantata on Sunday 
evening, December 19. A large, appreciative audi- 
ence attended and acclaimed it one of the best things 
ever given here. Colored footlights and robes added 
to the setting. 



Much sickness has taken its toll this month. And on 
account of the prevailing flu epidemic the revival 
scheduled for January has been postponed until later, 
perhaps even up to the pre-Easter time. 

The W. M. S. meets regularly, both to work and 
to enjoy their devotional meetings. 

W. R. Deeter. 

OAK HILL, WEST VIRGINIA 

Our December report is not quite so glowing as 
was November's, but that was not to be expected. 
With Brother Klingensmith with us through three 
Sundays in the month of November in our revival 
we naturally had mountaintop experiences. For De- 
cember it is a matter of adjustment to regular rou- 
tine. 

Weather, sickness and even death have reduced our 
attendance. Much of December we ministered to the 
sick and unfortunate. Sister Ruth Morsick, one of 
our most faithful workers, was called from us De- 
cember 11th after several weeks of intense suffering. 
We miss her in all of the services. Brother J. A. Dun- 
can was struck by an automobile and suffered three 
fractures of the lower limb. 

A note of interest was the wedding of Thomas Q. 
Stevens to Lorena Ann Jordon. Brother Stevens is 
the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens, a very faith- 
ful and useful family of the church. Mr. Stevens is 

in the U. S. Navy. 

We enter the New Year with new hopes and am- 
bitions and brighter prospects than of the previous 
years. May our future continue to be the sentiment 
of the following Scripture, "The path of the just is 
as the shining light that shineth more and more to 
the perfect day." 

L. A. Myers. 



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The Great Without 

A missionary in China has said, "A great without 
is written on heathenism. Men and women are with- 
out a Bible, without a Sunday, 'without prayer, with- 
out songs of praise. They have rulers ivithout justice, 
ivithout righteousness. They have homes without ■ 
peace, marriage without sanctity. Their young men ■. 
and women are without ideals, the little children 
ivithout purity, the mothers without wisdom or self- 
control. There is poverty without relief, sickness i 
without skill or care, sorrow without sjrmpathy, sint 
without a remedy, death without hope. All this isf 
wrapped up in the words, without Christ." 



January 15, 1944 

Thinking With Others 



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POWER TO BUILD A. NEW WORLD ^ 

Charles A. Wells 

It is estimated that there are approximately 600,- 
000,000 people in the world who subscribe to the 
teachings of Christ. What would happen if all these 
millions really meant what they say, really lived 
what they professed to believe? 

The war would end tomorrow — not ai'ound a table 

filled with bitterness and selfishness but in a new 
spirit of sharing and brotherhood that would 
promptly and forever outlaw war. Juvenile delin- 
quency and crime would rapidly decline because peo- 
ple would sincerely accept the responsibilities of 
parenthood and citizenship. Business and industry 
would sweep into a new era of steady growth, be- 
cause profits would become a by-product of the spir- 
it of service. Then the divisions of ci'eed and theol- 
ogy which leave Christianity robbed of its power 
would melt away, and the voice of righteousness 
would not be a babel of confused tongues. Men would 
hear when God speaks. All this would happen if you 
amd I would just MEAN WHAT WE SAY AND 
POSSESS WHAT WE PROFESS. 



!Do you realize how gross would be the darkness of 
the world but for the light of Christ shining through 
true believers and His church! 
"His lamps are we to shine where He shall say — 
And lamps are not for sunny rooms, nor for the 

light of day. 
But for the dai'k places of the earth where shame, 

and wrong, and crime have birth, 
Or for the murky twilight gray where wandering 

sheep have gone astray. 
Or where the light of faith grows dim and souls are 

groping after Him." — Selected. 



Religion has always demanded, for its best things, 
the absolute price. There is no finding without los- 
ing; there is no getting without giving; there is no 
living without dying. For a few dollars we can get 
a book on religion; for a few more dollars we can 
get someone to talk to us about the things of relig- 
ion ; but w'hat we cannot get for dollars, however 
high we heap them, is this experience which is the 
heart of religion, this experience of God, this prac- 
tice of the divine presence, this joy of being our- 
selves in the holy of holies. — Rufvs M. Jones. 



It is good to check up once in a while and make sui-e you have not lost 
the things that money cannot buy. — George Horace Lorimer. 

God's clock keeps good time. — J. Hudson Taylor. 

Unless there is within us that which is above us, we shall soon yield 
to that which is about us." — Peter Forsythe. 



For the price of one battleship the world could become 
literate in five years, says Dr. Frank C. Laubach. 



A prayerless Christian and a pulseless man are alike im- 
possible. The pulse is the great criterion or index of the 
health of the body; so prayer is of the health of the soul. — 
Charles Hodge. 



Prayer is the mightiest thing put into human hands. If 
we know how to pray, nothing is impossible to us. Prayer 
should be a thing of plan and purpose as well as impulse. 
The power to pray, and the power to teach others to pray, 
is entirely dependent on the depth of the spiritual life. 
There can be no forward movement in missions except a.s 
this is attained through a deepening of the spiritual life of 
the leaders of the church and a real spiritual revival amon,g 
the members. 

The one real lack today is a lack of spiritual life; the one 
great need, the realization of the constant presence and power 
of the Holy Spirit.— Robert E. Speer. 



World evangelization is the supreme work of the Church. 



He who has knowledge that is essential to the welfare of 
his fellow men is under solemn obligation to convey that 
knowledge to them. 



No matter how much Christians may differ as to other things, 
they will be more and more agreed as to the imperative 
duty and the inspiring privilege of preaching Jesus Christ 
to the whole world. 

— Quotations by Arthur Judson Brown in 
The Foreign Missionary. 



Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has 
been found difficult and not tried. — G. K. Chesterton. 



Depend upon it, God's work done in God's way will never 
lack God's supplies. — J. Hudson Taylor 



He who bows lowest in the presence of God stands straight- 
est in the presence of sin. — Selected. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




Somebody has said: "A tither cannot be frightened by talking money to him. He 
always lilies it. He is already giving, and he likes to hear about a thing that has brought 
him so much joy. He cannot be frightened by special offerings, for he always has 
something to give, and whatever it is, it is on a worship basis which takes the touchi- 
ness out of his giving business." — Selected. 
Roger Babson said several years ago: 

"If the tithing process were in operation it would give the churches of this coun- 
ty an income amounting to about $4,000,000,000 a year." These figures seem very 
extraordinary, but on checking them up no flaws can be found. The facts are that the 
church people of our country are giving less than 1 'r of their income to the church 
and missionary work. — Christian World Facts. 



OHl FOR A CHURCH! 

A religious revival of unprecedented proportions is 
sweeping the Baltic states. Twice the present num- 
ber of churches is needed to accommodate the wor- 
shipers. One Lettonian village erected a church of 
snow. — Gospel Messenger. 



NOW OR NEVER! 

We will have all eternity to tell of the victories 
won for Christ — but we have only a few hours be- 
fore sunset to win them — go forth. — &elected. 



CLOSE AT HOME 

Tom Carter, the ex-convict evangelist whom God 
wondrously saved in an Arizona prison, told this in 
one of his messages : 

While he was holding meetings in a Pennsylvania 
town, a young man who had formerly lived next 
door to the parsonage, committed murder. The whole 
community was stirred. Mr. Carter and the pastor 
obtained permission to visit the young man in his 
cell. After telling him his own story of conversion 
in a prison, Mr. Carter and the pastor succeeded in 
leading him to Christ. Then the newly saved man 
addressed the pastor and sadly said, "To think that 
I lived next door to you for months and you never 
told me .anything about Jesus until I came here ! If 
you only had, 1 probably never \^■ould have become 
a murderer." 

• 

HUMILITY 

When Dr. Morrison, well-kno\\'n missionary to 
China, wrote home asking that an assistant be sent 
him, a young man eager to go appeared before the 
committee. He looked to them so unpromising, so 
rough and "countryfied," that they said, "He will 
never do for a missionary." But as he was so anxious 
to be employed in missionary labors, the committee 
made a proposal to send him out as a servant. Asked 
if he was willing, he replied with a bright smile, 
"Yes, most certainly. I am willing to do anything, 
so that I am in the work. To be a 'hewer of wood 
and a drawer of water' is too great an honor for 
me when the Lord's house is building." That young 
rustic afterwards became Dr. Milne, a most efficient 
missionary, founder and principal of the Anglo-Chi- 
nese College of Malacca. — The Evany elical-Messen- 
g^er. 



IT WORKS 

A mechanic was called in to repair the mechanism 
of a giant telescope. During the noon hour the chief 
astronomer came upon the man reading the Bible. 
"What good do you expect from that?" he asked. 
"The Bible is out of date. Why, you don't even know 
\\'ho wrote it." 

The mechanic puzzled a moment. Then he looked 
up. "Don't you make considerable use of the multi- 
plication table in your calculations?" 

"Yes, of course," returned the other. 

"Do you know who wrote it?" 

"Why, no, I guess I don't." 

"Then," said the mechanic, "How can you trust 
the multiplication table when you don't know who 
wrote it?" 

"Well, I trust the Bible for the same reason — it 
just works." — From Christus Medicus Magnus. 



AN EVANGELISTIC TOUR 

When Luther first set out on his great work, his 
friend Myconius expressed sjTiipathy, saying, "I wil; 
remain and pray while you toil." But as he prayec 
day by day he began to feel uncomfortable. On( 
night he dreamed that the Saviour himself ap- 
proached, showed him his pierced hands and feetl 
and said, "Follow me." He took him up a lofty mouir 
tain and pointed westward. There Myconius saw 
great field of standing grain. One reaper was tryinj 
to harvest it all. The lonely laborer looked spent an( 
exhausted. Myconius recognized in the solitary reap 
er his friend Luther. "It is not enough," he said whe? 
he awoke, "that I should pray. The fields must bi 
reaped. Here am I ; send me." And he went forth t! 
share his friend's active labors for Christ. — Selectem 



January 15, 1944 



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"/ JIM'' 



This study shows how perfectly He meets the world's 
need. 

1. I AM He, the Christ (John 6:26). 

Meets our need of a divine Saviour, who is also 
human. 

2. I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35). 
Meets our soul-hunger. 

3. I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12). 
Meets our darkness. 

4. / AM the Door of the Sheep (John 10:7). 
Meets our homelessness. 

5. I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11). 
Meets our helplessness. 

6. I AM the Resurrection (John 11:25). 
Meets our death. 

7. I AM your Master and Lord (John 13:13). 
Meets our dependence. 

8. I AM the Wau. the Truth, and the Life (.John 

14:6). 
Meets our need of salvation. 

9. I AM the True Vine (John 15:1). 
Meets our need of union with Himself. 

10. I AM Jesus of NarMreth (.John 18:5). 

Meets our need of a human Saviour, who is also 
divine. — Selected. 



§n§n§ 

WALKING WITH GOD 

This is the Old Testament way of describing a holy 
life, and it is worth remembering. Enoch "walked 
with God," and he walked with men at the same 
time. He didn't leave the earth to do it. He didn't 
leave his family, nor shut himself out from all the 
activities of men. We cannot imagine that he failed 
in any of these things — and yet he walked with God. 
He simply found God's way in the forest and the 
field, in the market and in the home, and he took it. 
He found out where God was, and he went with Him. 
He became God's man, and as such he shared the 
peace of God, the joy of God, and finally the rest of 
God. — Christiun World. 



If my religion's not all 
That it ought to be. 
The trouble's not with God 
The trouble's with me. 



GOD 

James Cowden Walkice 

There is an Eye that never sleeps 

Beneath the wing of night; 
There is an Ear that never shuts 

When sink the beams of light. 

There is an Arm that never tires 
When human strength gives way; 

There is a love that never fails 
When earthly loves decay. 

That Eye unseen o'erwatcheth all ; 

That Arm upholds the sky; 
That Ear doth hear the sparrows call ; 

That Love is ever nigh. 



EXCELLENCY OF CHRIST 

Guiles Fletcher ' 

He is a path, if any be misled; 

He is a robe, if any naked be ; 
If any chance to hunger, he is bread; 

If any be a bondman he is free; 

If any be but weak, how strong is he ! 
To dead men life he is. to sick men health ; 
To blind men sight, and to the needy wealth; 
A pleasure without loss, a treasure without stealth. 



REALITY 

Sir Auhreij de Vere 

Love thy God and love Him only: 

And thy breast will ne'er be lonely. 

In that one great Spirit meet 

All things mighty, grave and sweet. 

Vainly strives the soul to mingle 

With a being of our kind: 

Vainly heart with our hearts are twined: 

For the deepest still is single. 

An impalpable resistance 

Holds like nature's still at distance. 

Mortal! Love that Holy One! 

Or dwell for aye alone. 



THE GOD FOR ME! 

He builds the mountains, He digs the sea, 
He kills the seed, then He forms the ti'ee, 
He weighs the heavens as in His hand, 
Yet even a child can understand 
His will. His love and His majesty. 
That is the kind of a God for me. 

— Kenneth Anderson. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topiei ooPTrighted br the International Society of Chriatlan EndeaTor. 
CJsed by permission." 



Topic for January 16, 1944 
"CHRISTIANS IN THE EARLY CENTURIES" 
Scripture Lesson: Acts 8:4-8 
For Tlie Leader 

Tonight we begin a series of tliree meetings on tlie Great 
Leaders of tlie Church. At the present we are concerned with 
the leaders of the early centuries of Christianity. Of course 
we Icnow well of the disciples as early Christians. Tlien we 
think of the early Gentile converts; then of Christian mis- 
sionaries to all parts of the then known world. 

But more concerned are we in the manner in which tliis 
growth and spread of the Church took place. It is a mar- 
velous work, making the most outstanding story of adventure, 
hardship, poverty and success that the world has ever heard. 
Let us seek more of the history of Christianity as it is built 
around the early Christian leaders. 

DISCUSSION 

1. THE ZEAL OF EARLY CHRISTIAN LEADERS. In 
the scripture tonight we have a passage which immediately 
follows the stoning to death of Stephen. This young man, we 
remember, was stoned as Saul (later Paul) stood by, be- 
cause he stood for Christ. But this did not stop the gospel. 
For as we read of this persecution we also read that the dis- 
ciples were scattered abroad. That is, they went to different 
towns and villages to protect their lives. But as they went 
they spoke to others about Christ. This brings out two things. 
First, that the more the enemies of God try to stop the gos- 
pel the faster it will spread, and second, that regardless of 
conditions, the true Christian will witness for his Christ. 
Might we all be as these early Christian leaders! 

2. A PERSONAL EVANGELIST. This man Philip was a 
real worker for Christ. His work for Christ is recorded, 
not to show the kind of a man he was, but to show to us that 
such good results are possible. Note the results of Philip's 
preaching under the Spirit. The people gave heed to what 
he had to say. Unclean spirits came out of those possessed. 
The sick of palsies were healed. The lame walked. And his 
preaching brought much joy in that city. A little further on 
in this same chapter we see Philip's dealing with the eunuch 
of Ethiopia. Here was personal work under the direction of 
the Spirit. Note in Acts 8:39 that the eunuch "went on his 
way rejoicing." The people of the city were joyful and this 
eunuch rejoiced. This is the true case when people hear the 
Word of God and believe it. As young people, we can help 
to take the gospel to those who have it not. 

3. BEING CHRISTIAN IN 100 A. D. In certain ways, it 
is harder being a Christian young person today than it was 
right after Christ was here. The amusements are more open 
and brazen, and the work of Satan is more desperate in his 
attempt to gain the souls of young people. 

In 100 A. D., though, they did not have the full written 
Bible as we have today. They did not have religious freedom, 
but worshipped Christ many times in the peril of their lives. 
This persecution only made them work harder and harder 
for the Lord they loved. They did not have beautiful churches 
as we have so near to us today. Truly these pioneers of Chris- 
tianity were sold on their religion which they had. Yes, they 



had to be or they could not have endured the persecution 
which came their way. 

They trusted Christ and He carried them through. Today 
with our ease of worship and access to Bibles we should be 
even stronger workers for Christ than any generation has 
ever been before. It is up to us. 

4. THE NAMELESS ONES. Sometimes we give most of 
the credit to those whose names we well remember. Yet we 
must realize in thinking of these early Christians that much 
of the work done in spreading Christianity throughout the 
world was done by nameless disciples. When the stars have 
burned themselves out and nothing more than the eternal 
heavens endure, then we shall see written in golden letters 
the names of unknowm heroes of the Christian faith. Yes, the 
names of those Christian ancestors who sacrificed that the 
gospel of Jesus Christ might come through persecution and 
the ages to our very heart. Are we doing all that we can to 
bring others to Christ before our chances of service have 
all passed away? It is well to be said of us that we serve 
Christ as the early disciples did, that is, "living, teaching, 
telling of Christ wherever we go." 

5. THEY CONQUERED BECAUSE THEIR HEARTS 
WERE RIGHT. Certainly we would not say that being threat- 
ened with losing your life is the most pleasant outlook in 
life. However these early Christians were often in such a 
case. Did that turn them from worshipping Christ? No, they 
became even more firm for his gospel. They cared not for 
physical welfare or even life, for their hearts were in the 
right place. Victory for them in God's sight was possible 
because they gave their hearts to Him. If we would conquer 
the world of sin today we must place our hearts in His care 
and keeping. We must seek His strength for victory. 

6. THE POWER BEHIND THE SPREAD OP CHRISTIAN- 
ITY. It was not the vj'ords of the "great commission," though 
they inspired men. It was not the faithfulness of the disci- 
ples, though without them there would have been no early 
ministers. It was not the persecutions, though they helped 
immensely. No, it was none of these things though they all 
contributed their share. Christianity grew and prospered be- 
cause Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to direct the Church. 

Men and women were inspired and convicted by the Spirit 
to give their lives in Christian service. Young people like 
us were touched by the hand of the Spirit and called for 
service. Man has failed in his weaknesses to keep up his end 
of the deal. Yet God has always raised up workers to keep 
His great work going. How wonderful it is that we have 
opportunity to help and labor in this great eternal work. 

It should call us to definite Christian service now, and for 
the years ahead. The Lord uses those who are willing to 
serve Him. Let Him know today that you are willing. 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION 

1. Do you think it is easier or harder to live Christian today 
than it was right after the Church was started? Why? 

2. Name some difficulties the early Christians had. 

3. Name some joys they had. 

4. Name some difficulties we face today in living Chris- 
tian lives. 

5. Name some joys we have today as Christians. 

You will be surprised how many will step out from among 
the crowd and stand beside your banner, if you just step 
out first. 

There are certain plants of the Christian life, such as . 
meekness, gentleness, kindness, humility, which cannot come 
to perfection if the sun of prosperity always shines. — F. B. 
Meyer. 



January 15, 1944 



15 



TKe Children's 
Story 



By 

Mrs. Lorettd Carrithers 
Superintendent 




Dear Children: 

"I will trust and not be afraid." Isaiah 12:2. 

I wonder how many of you girls and boys have ever been 
afraid? Well, we all have been, at certain times. It is only 
natural that we should, but sometimes we are afraid when 
we shouldn't be. 

Isaiah said, "I will trust and not be afraid." That is what 
we should do. He meant to say that he wasn't afraid because 
he believed that God meant every word He said. When people 
are afraid they do not believe that God tells the truth. 

There was a young man who studied to be a missionary, 
and when he had finished college he wanted to go to the 
islands where the cannibals live. Cannibals are men who eat 
other men. He couldn't find any ship to take him to those 
islands because everybody was afraid to go near the can- 
nibals. Finally he found a sea-captain who was going to sail 
past the place where he wanted to go, and he persuaded him 
to take him aboard his ship and put him otf in a small boat 
near the shore of the island. 

When they came near the place the captain said, ''You 
had better change your mind; you are foolish. The minute you 
get ashore they will eat you." But the young man said, "I 
must go to them to tell them about Jesus. I will trust and 
not be afraid because He said, 'Lo, I am with you always, 
even unto the end of the world.' " So the captain, seeing that 
he couldn't change the young man's mind, put him in a small 
boat and lowered it over the side of the ship. As he was row- 
ing away the captain shouted, "Goodbye, we'll never see you 
again." 

About ten years after, the captain with the same ship 
came by that way again, and he said to himself, "Here is 
where I let that crazy missionary go ashore." He looked up 
and saw a church steeple in the distance. This aroused his 
curiosity, so he ordered the man at the wheel to bring the 
ship nearer. As they came closer, they saw people standing 
on the shore, and the captain recognized the missionary, who 
called to him to come and make him a visit. But the captain 
said, "Not I; those cannibals will eat me." "Oh," said the 
missionary, "they don't do that any more. I'll promise that 
they won't hurt you." So the captain went ashore and had 
dinner with the missionary. 

He wondered at everything he saw. There were good houses, 
where ten years ago there were grass huts. The cannibals 
all wore clothes instead of aprons made of leaves, and there 
was a fine church and a hospital. 

"Well, how did you do it?" asked the captain. "I surely 
thought they would eat you at once." 

"Well," said the missionary, "as soon as I left your ship 
I began to pray. I asked God to take care of me. As soon 
as I stepped ashore the cannibals seized me and tied me to 
a tree. I couldn't understand what they were saying, but 



from their actions I could understand what they intended to 
do with me. They all came to pinch me to see if I was fat. 
Then they built a fire and gathered around the fire in a circle 
and began to feel if their knives were sharp. Then they swung 
a big iron kettle over the flames. I prayed to God and took 
out my knife, cut a piece out of my leg, and handed it to 
the nearest cannibal. He bit into it and then made a wry 
face and quickly handed it to the next man who also bit 
into it and made a face. So it went the I'ounds until it reached 
the king. After he had tasted it, he threw it away in disgust 
and motioned to one of the men to untie me because I wasn't 
fit to eat. 

"So I stayed, learned the language, showed them how to 
build houses and cultivate the soil; and taught them to love 
Jesus. They don't eat men any more, because they are Chris- 
tians." 

The captain looked at the missionary in amazement, and 
said, "You certainly were a brave man to cut a piece out of 
your own leg." "Oh, I don't know about that," said the mis- 
sionary. "You see I have a wooden leg. While still a small 
boy I met with an accident, and my leg had to be amputated. 
It made me rebellious. I wondered why God allowed that to 
happen because I couldn't do all the things that the other 
boys did and I was afraid that it would keep me from being 
a missionary. But now I can see why God permitted it. He 
had me lose my leg in order that He might save my life 
and convert these cannibals. Now I know that all things 
work together for good to them that love God, and I trust 
and am not afraid." 

So, girls and boys, if we really trust God we will not be 
afraid no matter what may happen to us, and we will know 
what David meant when he said, "In God have I put my 
trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me." 
With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 

§n§n§ 



A MEDITATION 

Last night as I gazed in wonder 

At the beauties in the sky 

I marveled as I did ponder 

And felt that God was nigh. 

The sky, white clouds drifting 

Bright stars that shone on high 

All spoke to me of heaven. 

And as I stood, my soul uplifted 

My heart with thanks did swell 

To know that God who made such beauty 

Will guide and keep us well. 

Mrs. Ella Miller. 
Carleton, Nebraska. 

§n§n§ 

It is imperative that those who seek a vision of God shall 
frequent the House of God, where He is revealed and wor- 
shipped. — Roy L. Smith. 

A story of McKinley, though often retold, is to the point. 
An Ohio pastor, whom he knew quite well, came to see him 
in Washington. He was surprised to find that he wanted an 
appointment as a minister to a small European monarchy. 
The president refused, saying something like this: "You are 
an ambassador of Christ. Why should you want to accept a 
commission from any government of this world? You already 
possess a higher honor than I could grant you." What is true 
of the ministry is also true of the laity. Every Christian is 
a representative of Christ. — A. J. Traver. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



"WHERE THERE IS NO VISION— 

1. The denomination perishes 

2. The Seminary perishes 

3. The Mission program perishes 
!i| 4. The local church perishes 

: : . —THE PEOPLE PERISH'' 















"Hjft up pour eijes to the hills' 






VISION brought Amos from the hills of Tekoah to invoke an almost 
forgotten faith once again to be lived among his people. 

VISION brought John the Haptist from the wilderness preparing a 
Highway for the King. 

A'ISION took Barnabas and Paul into "impossible" fields to start "im- 
possible" projects and write "impossible" things now called Epistles. 

VISION wrote the hymns and built the churches of the Christian era. 

^'ISION brought the Reformation and gave birth to Protestantism. 

VISION preached Christ in the yesterdays so well that we are still 
singing the hymns and perpetuating the institutions bequeathed to us 
from those days, — and we are creating no new ones today! 

VISION built our colleges, seminaries and churches and nation. 



GOD GIVE US VISION TODAY 



We need preachers from your church; proper vision will see them. 

We need prospective students for our Seminary from your church; have 
you vision to see them? 

We need missionaries from your Sunday School and Christian Endeavor 
to go to the far corners of the world to proclaim the gospel. 

IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN CHURCH YOU DARE NOT SAY THAT 
THESE POSSIBILITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOT YOURS. 

CHRISTIANITY CHRISTIANIZES THROUGH CHRISTIANS. Make it a 
matter of prayer. The need is urgent. 




Official Orsan of The Brethren Church 



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Volume LXVI Number 4 

January 22, 1944 



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INTERESTING ITEMS 



FROM ELKHART'S "PAPER AND INK" WE GLEAN 
THE FOLLOWING: "Radio Devotions on WRTC will be con- 
ducted by the Elkhart pastor, Brother Delbert B. Flora, dur- 
ing January 24-28, at 9:15 A. M. The subjects will be, "Walk 
as a Believer in Christ," "Walk as a Follower of Christ," 
"Walk as a Servant of Christ," and "Walk as a Christian." 
We are sure that the Indiana Brethren who can make contact 
with this station will be glad to hear the message of Brother 
Flora. 

IN A RECENT ISSUE OF THE MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLI- 
NOIS, BULLETIN, Brother St. Clair Benshoff, pastor, we 
came across this item which we feel will be worth passing 
on to you: 

WHY A MID-WEEK SERVICE? 

In a firm belief that God hears the united earnest prayers 
of faithful believers, and in the belief that the destinities 
of this or any other nation can be controlled directly by God 
as petitioned by the faithful, praying Christians; in the posi- 
tive belief that victory will never come alone with tanks, 
guns, planes, and armies, but as the hand of God is impelled 
by the prayers of the righteous; and in the knowledge that 
our boys must be upheld at the Throne of Grace by the 
united prayers of Christians: WE HOLD OUR MID-WiEEK 
SERVICE. 

With a knowledge that God blesses any nation wherein live 
people who are willing to gather and unite their prayers of 
humbleness and petition; with the consciousness that \vithout 
a united petition to God for personal guidance and national 
victory we must surely be defeated personally and as a na- 
tion; and with a desire to lay ourselves at His feet for mercy: 
WE HOLD OUR MID-WEEK SERVICE. 

Knowing that in countries where Bible training and seek- 
ing was neglected by the Christians and that such public 
privileges have been lost through war; and knowing that 
unless we study our Bibles under leadership, we are weakened 
in our Christian life: WE HOLD OUR MID-WEEK SER- 
VICE. CAN YOU AFFORD TO MISS? 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



COMING REVIVALS— KEEP THEM ON YOUR 
PRAYER LIST 



Intere^tine- Item 9 ^ev. Freeman Ankrum, pastor of the Masontown, Penn- 
sylvania, Brethren Church, announces the evangelistic cam- 

Again and Agam-Editonal-F. C. V 3 ^^-^^ ^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^^^ as beginning January 24th and closing 

A Message with Reference to the Publication Day February 6th, with Rev. J. G. Dodds, pastor of the Smithville, 

Offering— Rev. John F. Locke 4 Ohio, Brethren Church, as evangelist. 

Publishing Our Message — Rev. Claud Studebaker 4 Rev. Floyd Sibert, pastor of the Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Breth- 

That Publication Day Offering— Rev. E. L. Miller 5 ''e" Church, announces their revival with the dates of Febru- 

The Lost Generation-Dr. Charles A. Bame 6 ^''^ "^^"^ '<' ^^""^"^ ^-*' '''"'^ ^"''- "^"'^ ^'''''^'" ^""^ '"^"^ 

of Peru, Indiana, well known to the brotherhood, as evan- 

The Philosophy of Life and Its Purpose — Dell G. Lemon . . 7 g-pHsts 

Guffy Lottery Bill Would Make Uncle Sam No. 1 Gambler— ' 

—Dr. J. Raymond Schmidt 8 CHANGES IN YOUR ANNUAL 

A Suggested Outline of Courses for Summer Camps — ajj ii. r n • ^ ■ • ^ • i v 4. 

_ ° '^ Add the following to your ministerial lists: 

' Page 61 Change name of pastor of the Lanark, Illinois 

Ashland College News Letter — Arthur Petit 10 Church to- 

Pennsylvania District News— Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 10 W. C. Benshoff, Lanark, Illinois. 

News From Our Churches 10 Remove the above name from list of "Ministers without 

Christian Endeavor Topic for January 23, 1944 12 Churches" on page 65 and add to the Ministerial list on page 

Prayer Meeting Department 13 

_,,.._ , „ ,. The name of Rev. George T. Ronk was inadvertantly missed 

Bulletin Board Suggestions 13 • ,, ,. ; -,,■•. •,, j. ^i i. m jj r t 

m the list of Ministers without Churches. Please add as fol- 

Wedding Announcements 13 Xoy^s ■ 

The Business Manager's Corner — George S. Baer 15 G. T. Ronk, 1718 — 7th Avenue, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

General Conference Treasurer's Report of Funds Received. .15 L. E. Lindower, Conference Secretary. 



AGAIN AND AGAIN 

We cannot ring the changes too many times on the 
value of the Publishing House to the Brotherhood- 
at-large. Therefore we do not hesitate to repeat again 
and again that our Publishing House should have 
the unqualified support of the ENTIRE Brother- 
hood ; and by "support" we do not mean a "skimpy" 
giving, but rather a whole-hearted contribution, 
given with a realization of the present and future 
"needs" of the entire establishment. 

Did You Know? 

Now permit us to let you in on a little "secret," 
for we feel that it has been kept "secret," since very 
little has been said about it! 

Did you know that things about a Publishing plant 
"wear out" just as things about your own home 
"wear out?" 

Did you know that "Type Faces" become worn 
and unusable after a time and must be replaced? 

Did you know that it has been many years since 
entire series of new "type faces" have been pur- 
chased? 

Did you know that new "type faces" help to make 
a new publication out of an old one? 

Did you know that it is only as we are able to re- 
place these "type faces" that we are able to bring 
before you a paper that is worthy in appearance and 
attractive to the eye? 

A Careful Chechiip 

A careful checkup of our type cases (which the 
editor made this morning — January 10th — shows the 
following : 

Twenty-nine type cases incomplete, with tji^e that 
cannot be replaced because it is no longer cast. 

There are 15 type cases which contain type that 
is GO badly worn that it is almost useless. 

There are 11 type cases that contain part of a se- 
ries which makes such type unfit for most publica- 
tions and usable only in minor notices and the like. 

In only 26 type cases are there sufficient type to 
adequately set and head articles, and be of usefulness 
to the plant. 

We Are Being Frank 

We need replenishing, replacing and readjusting 
of these type faces and should by all means have 
them. And we will get them IF — and that "if" is the 
fly in the ointment — IF the Publication Day Offer- 
ing is of a sufficient amount to merit the expendi- 



ture. Why not add a DOLLAR or TWO of your usual 
offering and give us a chance to make this most nec- 
essary and urgent investment? You will never miss 
the extra dollars and it will mean everything to the 
work of your sei'vants at the Publishing House. 

Suppose that 1,000 of the contributors added just 
one little dollar to their proposed contribution — that 
is if your contribution was to be $5.00, make it 
$6.00; if $10,00, make it $11.00! That would spell 
the difference between success and failure of this 
"new type" proposition. 

And then, how fine you all will feel when you see 
The Evangelist dressed up in a different "dress." 
It is true that it will not make the "reading matter" 
very much different, but it will make it more at- 
tractive and palatable. 

A recent issue of the Christian Index (Baptist) 
carried an S S concerning indebtedness. With apol- 
ogies to the author, J. E. Dillard, we want to borrow 
his idea and set it to work in our own behalf. 

Save Oh Save — Our hearts are set on a fine Publica- 
tion Day Offering this year, on January 30th, 
and we want you to save us from "Heart Trou- 
ble." 

Strive On Sunday — January 30th, to give your lar- 
gest Offering yet. 

Send On Something — for every member should be 
a contributor to the Publication Day Offering. 

Shout or Sob — on Sunday, January 30th. If you 
"Shout" loud enough, we are sure we won't have 
to "Sob" about the Offering. 

We Are Trying 

We are trying to make our Brethren Publications 
moi'e and more acceptable to the Brotherhood. We 
are not merely to make money, a thing which cannot 
be done in a Church Publishing House no larger than 
ours. We have a task to perform in getting before 
the Brotherhood the vital statistics, the attitudes of 
the Church, the news, the advances of the churches, 
the problems of the Church-at-large, the work of the 
various auxiliaries of the Church, or in other words, 
we are seeking to give the general Brotherhood a 
cross section of the work of the church. This we will 
continue to do, but we feel that we have a right to 
expect the general membership of the entire church 
to help by supporting the work in Dollars and Cents. 
That is your part if it. 

Give us the largest offering yet, and we assure 
you that you will not be sorry. 

F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



A Message With ReFerence to the Publication Day Offering 



Rev. John F. Locke 



No denomination can hope to grow and fulfill its 
mission without publications. The maintenance of 
our publishing interests is therefore a "Must." In a 
sense the church's publications are its show window. 
Progressive merchants put time and thought and 
money into making their windows attractive. It pays 
them well. We have all seen stores whose show win- 
dows were sadly in need of washing, the merchan- 
dise faded and soiled, occasionally a sleeping cat 
under an artificial palm. The public passes them 
by. They are definitely not prospering, but are on 
the way out. 

We ought to make The Brethren Evangelist and 
the Brethren Sunday School literature. Brethren 
Tracts and other publications as attractive as good 
printing and good subject matter can make them. 
One way to do this is to get our Publishing House 
out of debt and with some funds to proceed on, so 



that our Editors need not spend too much of their 
energies on these worries instead of the real job. 
It is a short sighted policy to skimp on our expendi- 
tures for the printed word. The 1944 Publication 
Day Offering should be the best in our whole his- 
tory. Several months ago Brother Baer took me 
through the building at Ashland. Everywhere one 
looks there seems to be something sadly needed in 
order to do the task better. Give the Brethren a1 
the Publishing House and on the Publication Board 
sufficient funds to do with, and they will give us 
better and better publications. Results: A growing, 
aJert, united, progressive church. The Publication 
Day Offering is really needed, and you can help, so 
what more need be said? Give as the Loi'd has pros- 
pered you and as you want the Lord's work to pros-, 
per. 

Maurertown, Va. 



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Publishing Our Message Rev. Claud Studebaker 



This is the month of the year when we set our- 
selves to give our Publishing House some very defi- 
nite help. At the request of the Editor this "voice" 
is added to the various appeals that are to be made 
for a substantial offering and renewed interest in 
various ways, to make our Publishing House of more 
service to the various churches. 

First, I am convinced that the Brethren Church 
has a message that should be given to the world, 
and that is, our historic emphasis on obedience to 
the commands of Christ our Lord. 

There is great confusion in the religious world on 
the matter of Fundamentalism and Modernism. The 
Brethren Church has the most fundamental message 
of all, that of believing and obeying, hearing and 
doing, if you please. No word spoken by our Lord 
can be unimportant. That is the reason we insist on 
the baptism He taught, the communion He instituted 
and commended us to keep, and all His words to us 
are to be taken seriously, whether we fully under- 
stand the full import of them or not. Humble obedi- 
ence is the only sure evidence of faith that I know. 
To say, "You know you are saved because you feel 
the evidence of the Holy Ghost," is pure deception 
in many cases. Christian Science, Spiritualism. Fol- 
lowers of Father Divine, and many, many others 
will give you the same evidence. Such leads to the 
grossest error. 



The Brethren Church has the plain Word of God 
to give to the world. They who receive it and obey 
it may depend on God to fulfill every promise. He 
will forgive your sins, adopt you as His child, give 
you the Holy Spirit to guide in life and heaven 
after death. We have a great message for these days 
of confusion. 

Second, if we think our message is important, 
then we should make the publishing of that mes- 
sage as effective as it can possibly be done. We have 
been very poor publicists. We have a message to 
give and it is vitally important. If we had given it 
as much spread as many have done, and which we 
think, seriously, in error, we surely could have had 
many thousands more Brethren than at present. We 
do have a message and it should be published. 

Third, No one will publish our message but our- 
selves. We can build up a worthy literature if we set 
ourselves to the task in earnest. Every member of 
the church may share in that task. 

Writers must have time to study, to think and to 
write. If we cannot write we can make it possible 
for those who have the talent to do so. We not only 
need writers but we must have the mechanics to 
print and circulate the printed matter. That means 
printing presses and the various machinery of a 
printing establishment. 



January 22, 1944 



This may seem commonplace, but Christian faith 
and life is a practical thing. If we would put more 
Christian life in our business and more business in 
our Christian life we would accomplish much more 
in both. 

It is not commercializing religion when we get 
down to real business issues and tell you that if the 
Brethren Church expects to give the rich heritage 
of faith which she has received, to many thousands 
more of people, it is high time to get under our Pub- 
lishing House in an adequate way and give them 
sufficient support to launch into a much greater 
way to serve every phase of church activity. 



It is OUR Publishing House. We have the making 
of a fine plant with great possibilities. Every mem- 
ber should feel that giving money for Publications 
is a good investment that should give rich returns in 
spiritual values in the future. We do have an im- 
portant message for the \\'orld. By all means we 
should publish this message and give it the greatest 
circulation possible. There is no other group that will 
do this task but ourselves. "Now, therefore, perform 
the doing of it." 

— South Bend, Indiana. 



That Publication Day Offering Rev. E. L Miller 



The Brethren Publishing House is just as much a 
part of the Brethren church as any other auxiliary 
or even any particular local church. It is the repre- 
sentative of the whole church on the advertising 
line. We must let folks know who we are and foi' 
^\■hat we stand if we are to make any progress as a 
church. To this work the publishing house addresses 
itself. It is also one of our educational institutions. 
By way of the church paper. The Evangelist, the 
Sunday school quarterlies and the various tracts pub- 
lished the Publishing House play a big hand in 
Christian education. These things would indeed de- 
mand that we not only have a Publishing House, but 
that we make it possible by way of our gifts and of- 
ferings outside the price we pay for the publications 
that we use. 

A newspaper could never continue in circulation 
if it had to depend on subscription monies. Advertis- 
ers pay the freight. But with church publications it 
is different. They carry little or no advertising mat- 
ter, and neither do we care to have them do so. So 
there MUST be some kind of subsidy in order to keep 
the institution going. We as Brethren have devised 
the once-a-year offering by the churches to under- 
write the cost of our publications, or at least to make 
up the difference between the low cost to the sub- 
scribers and the cost of production. So again this 
month of January, or as near the last Sunday of this 
month as possible, each church is asked to again do 
its best to help pay off the indebtedness of the Pub- 
lishing House and to continue the publication of the 
usual items with no rise in cost to the purchasers— 
our own churches, Sunday schools and pastors. 

A couple years ago the Publishing Board, at the 
insistence of the National Conference, reduced the 
cost of The Evangelist to one dollar and fifty cents 
per year. I wish it could be made one dollar per 
year or less. This meant cutting off one quarter of 
the income from that source. But of course an in- 
crease in subscriptions should take up some of that 



loss. Yet it was understood that that loss could not 
be all taken up, at least not immediately. To that 
end it was agreed that the annual Publication Day 
Ofifering should be increased by the churches. Will 
we stand by our Conference and do our level best 
Lo keep our Publication work going and growing? 
And the Publishing House is ready to help us in 
many lines outside its own publications. It serves as 
a re-order house for the churches and Sunday 
schools and how we do use that agency! Anything 
that we need for our various institutions that is in 
print can be had by ordering from the house at Ash- 
land. So knowing the value of a Publishing House 
and the worth of the materials they send out, and 
knowing that no church has ever prospered that 
didn't use the printed page, let us then stand back 
of the attack of our own House against ignorance 
and unbelief and make it possible for them to do a 
bigger, greater and grander work. As is well known 
the Publishing House at Ashland has in large mea- 
sure paid for the losses sustained in printing our 
Brethren literature by working for outside institu- 
tions, even printing the church paper of at least one 
other denomination too small to afford its own print- 
ing establishment. So as they help to keep things 
going, let us too, the members of the Brethren 
church, do our part and the publications can be made 
better and more effective. Unless we really boost 
there is no reason neither point in any knocking 
we might do. 

•■ — Maurertown, Va. 

"If we were all practicing tithing there would be 
no reduced budgets and even deficits. But far more 
important would be the reflex spiritual benefit to the 
givers. This would give them increasing influence 
over their associates and lead many into the Chris- 
tian life." 

PUBLICATION DAY— JANUARY 30 



The Brethren Evangelist 




The Lost Generation 



Dr. Charles A. Bame 



The title of this short dissertation is not mine, but 
was the heading of a recent shocking revelation 
made by J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the F B I, a 
crime detecting agency of our beloved U. S. A. In it 
he disclosed the amazing and alarming increase of 
crime in our country. He warned of a Lost Genera- 
tion. 

I searched for the figures to give with this article, 
but could not find them and so, I must leave it to 
you to simply look around and see what is happen- 
ing. Were it me only that is saying this, it would be 
charged to the common practice of the older people 
toward the younger, which has always been the fa- 
vorite pastime of people of years, with rare excep- 
tions. But this is no day dream. Crime and sex sins 
are becoming so flagrantly blatant, open and disgust- 
ing that a right-minded person often must turn his 
head in disgust and keep his thoughts pent within 
himself lest he become the butt of the derision of 
folk he had never thought would sympathize with 
such lewdness. Hugging, spooning and kissing on 
street corners in the big cities, especially, has become 
so prevalent and open that if there is any sense of 
propriety or purity in the minds of onlookers, they 
have nothing but repulsive and disparaging feelings, 
knowing where such brazen conduct leads. So alarm- 
ing is this to an unemotional crime detective and 
law enforcer, that he labels it: "The Lost Genera- 
tion." 

Of course, anyone familiar with the teachings and 
ideals of the German Leaders know well that there 
is a Lost Generation there. So long and thoroughly 
have German youth been misdirected toward hate, 
superiority complexes, sex indulgences and irreligion 
that they immediately will become a problem to the 
victorious Allies, when that happy day of triumph 
arrives. But if there is any hope for their redemp- 
tion it must come from better sources than that be- 
nighted people possess. It should come from a gen- 
eration of heroic and sacrificing youthful Americans 
who have been taught better and who have kept 
themselves clean and pure. But it can not come if 
we ourselves have allowed our youngsters to lapse 
into the .alarming tendencies that are so apparent 
and against which our own FBI is calling with con- 
tinued and incessant vigor. We must be alarmed be- 
cause they are alarmed. We must cry because they 
cry. 



It would seem irrelevant for a preacher to do this. 
It is so much regarded his business that his call too 
often falls as the expected and ordinary. But so often 
it is altogether unregarded or unobserved by lax 
parents that if the preacher does not, no one does 
until some sobbing mother or relative cries out of the 
bitterness of her heart when it is too late ; \yhen they 
must suffer the shame and disgrace that follows the 
flagrant indulgence in sin : drink, cursing, thievery 
or a bastard child. Yes, that's the right name, but 
it is a bit too raw for the modern victims of lassi- 
tude, neglect and irreligion. 

In this message I shall not charge anyone with 
the responsibility for this relapse to criminality. It 
is my desire to emphasize a single phase of the pos- 
sible escape from such tragedies and loss. It is in the 
field of the church to do a large share of the redeem- 
ing of our youngsters from such shameful indul- 
gences as to cause a suggestion of being a Lost Gen- 
eration. Among the agencies of hope are the home, 
the school and the church. The home ties first. Too 
many modern mothers are so busy with their work, 
their clubs and their worldly activities that they pay 
little attention to their offspring. The Good Book 
says : "Children obey your parents" ; but the modern 
parents too often obey their children who through 
their petulancy and the parents' laxity turn it all the 
way around. 

A mother once said to me : "I can't tell that daugh- 
ter anything; she knows more than I do." I warned 
her to beware of such a feeling. More, never to allow 
her daughter to believe it or hear her say it. How- 
ever ignorant a mother may be of books and high- 
sounding phrases and blatant talk out of foolish 
stuff taught our youngsters in many schools, high 
schools and colleges, an experience of motherhood 
always teaches profounder lessons and God meant 
it so or it would have been otherwise arranged. "And 
you, fathers, do not irritate your children, but bring 
them up tenderly in the intruction and admonition 
of the Lord." Eph. 6:4 (Weymouth). 

Next the school. Here I shall say only this : parents 
are far too lax concerning what is going on in the 
schools. In most cases, the teachers are good, faith- 
ful and moral. But not all are so and the parent who 
pays no attention as to who shall direct their chil- 
dren's education, neither in the election nor in their 



January 22, 1944 



daily work, should forever grin and bear what hap- 
pens to them who are away from the parents more, 
after they are six, than they are with them. 

In our churches, we are too much given to formali- 
ties. We believe too much in the status quo. Because 
we have never done it this way before is no reason 
why it should not be done so now. Who is the farmer 
who'd try to farm as he did twenty years ago? Ho\\' 
could he compete with the modern farmer if he 
tried? But there ai'e certain fundamentals that do 
remain status quo. To these we must be faithful. 

God is "the same yesterday, today and forever." 
"Forever, thy Word is settled in heaven." People 
must become Christian in their youth or remain un- 



saved in very large numbers. It is a patent fact eas- 
ily proven and it is the teaching of the Word. After 
more than 40 years of Evangelism, I can still count 
on the fingers of one hand the number of very old 
people who became Christian after forty years of 
age. Yet, too, evangelists and evangelism as means 
of recruiting the youngsters for God have never been 
nor will they ever be passe. But modern parents too 
often leave their children at home to do "home work" 
for the school, rather than constrain them to get 
into the Revival where they might hear the word of 
God and believe it. Parents, do you figure that you 
will, after the pains of parenthood, contribute to the 
Lost Generation? Beware! — Carey, Ohio 



The Philosophy of Life and It's Purpose 



By Dell G. Lemon 



Treasurer of the Mid-West District Mission Board 
A message delivered at several churches in the Mid-West District 



In each generation of man there have been those who 
spend much time pondering over the question of the origin of 
life (plant, animal and human) and the destiny of the soul. 
Job asked the question, "If a man die, shall he live again?" 

Some men say, "What is mine, is mine, and I shall keep 
it." And that is life for them. The rich man thought so, as 
recorded in Luke 12:16-21. "And he spake a parable unto them, 
saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plen- 
tifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I 
do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits ? And 
he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build 
greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 
And I will say to my soul. Soul, thou hast much goods laid 
up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry. 
But God said unto him. Thou fool, this night thy soul shall 
be required of thee; then whose shall these things be, which 
thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for him- 
self, and is not rich toward God." 

There we have an e.xample, synonymous of the man who 
says, "What is mine, is mine, and I shall keep it." He does 
not take into consideration that, "The earth is the Lord's, 
and the fulness thereof," and that God owns, "The cattle on 
a thousand hills and the fruits of a million vineyards and 
the goods of the whole world." 

He does not comprehend that man is just a steward over 
these things and that he must give an account to God for 
his stewardship over them. He thinks that his purpose is to 
get what he can out of life. 

The good old Book says, "He that seeth his brother in need 
and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, the love 
of God is not in him." A man like this does not share the 

PUBLICATION DAY— JANUARY 30 

financial burdens of the church's denominational work, such 
as its Missionary Society, the College and Seminary, the Pub- 
lishing interests, the Benevolent work, and help sponsor some 
of the worthwhile things of life, but chooses rather the pleas- 
ures of a day, iiistead of the blessings of Eternal Life. This 
kind of a life is lived in vain, even as a religion that leaves 
Christ out is vain. 



In my conversation with a man on a train, I learned of 
his manner of obtaining money for his extensive travel. He 
informed me that he knew of a gold mine in the mountain 
where he got his gold, some of which he showed me. He 
said that no one but he knew of its location and when he 
needed reimbursement he went there for more gold. He lived, 
"What I know of is mine, and I shall keep it." 

Ananias and Sapphira said in their hearts, What is mine, 
is mine, and I shall keep it, at least part of it." But God says, 
"Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God." 

Another Philosophy of the Use of Life is, "Wliat you have 
is mine, and I shall get it." This philosophy of life reminds 
me of I Kings 21:17-20, which says, "And the w-ord of the 
Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying. Arise, go down 
and meet Ahab, king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, 
he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down 
to possess it. .A.nd thou shalt speak unto him, saying. Thus 
saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? 

$.5,000.00 OFFERING THIS YEAR 

And thou shalt speak unto him, saying. Thus saith the Lord, 
In the place where the dogs licked blood of Naboth, shall dogs 
lick thy blood, even thine. And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou 
found me, O mine enemy ? And he answered, I have found 
thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight 
of the Lord." 

We will remember how Naboth owned a vineyard by the 
side of Ahab's holdings and how Ahab tried to get it from 
Naboth, but could not, so through jealousness and covetous- 
ness he was unhappy and sad of spirit, and how Jezebel, his 
wicked wife, told him to eat bread and be merry, she would 
give him the vineyard. She "framed up" on Naboth with two 
children of Belial for witnesses, and caused him to be stoned 
to . death. 

But they could not get by with God like' that. Elijah told 
Ahab that the dogs would lick up his blood where they licked 
up Naboth's, and that Jezebel would be eaten outside the 
walls of Jezreel. 

Today we find that because of jealousness or covetousness, 
some men would like to have what other men possess, but 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



mark you, covetousness is sin, and "The soul that sinneth it 
shall die." The grace of Jesus Christ saves man from sin, 
and not in his sin. "Let this mind be also in you which 
was in Christ Jesus," if you are born again. 

Now let us reason together on the Philosophy of Life that 
Jesus so marvelously demonstrated in word and deed: Jesus, 
the one in whom we live and move and have our being; He 
who was the Author and finisher of life. John 1:3, 4, says, 
"All things were made by him, and without him was not 
anything made that was made. In him was life and the life 
was the light of men." He is the One who demonstrated, 
"What is mine, is yours, and I shall share it with you." He 
gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. He 
was the chief among men and became our servant. He came 
not to be ministered unto but to minister. What a contrast 
in this Man's life to the one who said, "What is mine, is 
mine, and I shall keep it," or the one who says, "What is 
yours, is mine, and I shall have it." 

Jesus makes us joint heirs with Christ. He not only gave 
us temporal life, but He was the sacrifice that fulfilled the 
plan of God by which we can obtain eternal life which came 
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. No man had the power to 
take this Life, because He was the Author of Life. So He 
laid it down and was resurrected and thus made all our bodies 
subject to bodily resurrection, every one in his own order, 
and He is our Redeemer from past, present and future sins, 
IF we accept this plan of redemption. May we accept this 
and pass over from death into life, for "he that soweth to his 
flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth 
to the spii'it shall of the spirit reap life everlasting." 

Let us remember that we are servants of Him whom we 
obey, and that God's grace does not make servants for the 
devil. God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit 
have planned the way and have done their part. It is up to 
man to choose and do something for himself, as God will 
force no one into His kingdom. Man must choose to be His 
servant. 

"Do you choose Jesus to be your guide, 
Tho' dark and troubled the way? 

Do you choose Jesus to be your guide: 
Do you choose Jesus today?" 

Portis, Kansas, 

PUBLICATION DAY— JANUARY 30 

GUFFEY LOTTERY BILL WOULD MAKE 
UNCLE SAM NO. 1 GAMBLER 

Dr. J. Raymond Schmidt 
General Superintendent, National Civic League 

Repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment resulted from the 
people accepting the fallacy that liquor revenues would bal- 
ance the budget and banish the depression. Now they are 
being told that a national lottery would gi-eatly reduce our 
heavy wartime taxes. To that end bills have been introduced 
in both the House and Senate authorizing and encouraging 
"voluntary contributions to the Treasury of the United States 
by means of special certificates to be issued" in the denomi- 
nation of |2. 

The most active booster of the proposed lottery is Senator 
Joseph F. Guffey, who introduced S. 1.560 on December 1st 
and asked that it be referred to the Senate Finance Com- 
mittee of which Senator Walter F. George is chairman. Sen- 
ator Guffey demands an early hearing on his bill, which he 
claims will provide a "painless method" for rolling $5,000,- 
000,000 of additional funds into the Federal Treasury. Some 
observers infer that the bill has the endorsement of high 



administration leaders, presumably President Roosevelt and 
Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr. 

Senator Guifey and other proponents of the measure lay 
great stress on the billions of dollars said to be wasted an- 
nually on foreign lottery tickets, which they contend a na- 
tional lottery would divert to America's war effort. However, 
putting the lottery scheme under direction of the Secretary 
of the Treasury fools no one — it remains gambling, pure and 
simple. Moreover, the victims of this lottery-swindled in the 
name of the United States Government — will be the same 
little fellows who are least able to spare even $2 for a ticket 
or certificate. 

Christian citizens should be opposed to making "Uncle 
Sam" a gambler for the same reason they opposed making 
him a bartender. They believe gambling, like the manufac- 
ture and sale of alcoholic beverages, should be prohibited and 
discouraged rather than licensed and encouraged. Many homes 
are being impoverished as breadwinners spent all or most of 
their earnings in various forms of gambling. As a conse- 
quence, children suffer, jobs are lost, careers of crime started, 
and relief rolls boosted. Conditions can be expected to be 
even worse under a national lottery because of the patriotic 
glamor that will surround the sale of said Treasury certifi- 
cates. 

Texas was among the States that legalized racetrack bet- 
ting right after the recent depression. A trial of two years 
yielded so little revenue that Governor Allred recommended 
repeal of the pari-mutuel betting law by the State Legisla- 
ture. 

$5,000.00 OFFERING THIS YEAR 

Just prior to Christmas, 1938, the cables brought the news 
that France had abolished her national lottery of five years 
standing. Three reasons were given for this summary ac- 
tion: First, the revenue therefrom was inconsequential; Sec- 
ond, money spent for lottery tickets constituted a heavy drain 
on business; and Third, the lottery created grave moral dan- 
gers which threatened the nation's peace and prosperity. The 
unprofitable experience of France should be sufficient warn- 
ing for Congress to defeat the Guffey and Sabath lottery 
bills. 

The members of the Senate Finance Committee should be 
flooded with protests against reporting out the Guffey lot- 
tery bill (S. 1560) and placing it on the Senate calendar. 
Their names are listed herewith for your guidance in send- 
ing each one a letter, addressed in care of the United States 
Senate, Washington, D. C. The Democrats to be written are 
Senators Walter F. George, David I. Walsh, Alben W. Bark- 
ley, Tom Connally, Josiah W. Bailey, Bennett Champ Clark, 
Harry Flood Byrd, Peter G. Gerry, Joseph F. Guffey, Edwin 
C. Johnson, George L. Radcliffe, Scott W. Lucas, and the 
Republicans: Arthur H. Vandenberg, James J. Davis, Henry 
Cabot Lodge, Jr., John A. Danaher, Robert A. Taft, Hugh A. 
Butler and Eugene D. Millikin. 

—National Civic League, Inc., 1311 G St., N. W. Washing- 
ton, D. C. 

"I see we are honored this morning with the presence of 
a minister of religion. Surely the reverend gentleman should 
have been ministering to his flock instead of wasting his time 
here!" 

• • • 

Such was the comment of a liquor-trade lawyer when the 
late Rev. Samuel Chadwick appeared in a court to oppose a 
new drink license. 



January 22, 1944 



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President 



DEAN M- A STUCKEY 
Treasurer 




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REV, E- L, MILLER 
Vice President 



REV. N, V. LEATHERMAN 
General Secretary 



DR L E LINDOWER. Edutarion.il Director 



A Suggested Outline of Courses ('or Summer Camps Dr. L. E. Lindower 

Designed for Twelve Years of Studij — or from Ages 9 to 20 







JUNIOR CAMP 








First Year 


Second Year 




Third Year 


1. 


Bible Memorization 


1. Bible Memorization 


1. 


Bible Memorization 


2 


Missionary Heroes (Ancient) 


2. Missionary Heroes (Medieval) 


2. 


Missionary Heroes (Modern) 


3 


Nature Study 


3. Bible Dramatics 


3. 


Bible Story-telling 


4. 


Camp Tasks and Play 


4. Camp Tasks and Play 
INTERMEDIATE CAMP 


4. 


Camp Tasks and Play 




First Year 


Second Year 




Third Year 


1. 


Bible Pictures 


1. Life of Christ 


1. 


Christian Living 


2. 


Christian Stewardship 


2. Bible Heroes 


2. 


Church Leaders 


3. 


Nature Study 


3. Bible Dramatics 


3. 


Bible Story-telling 


4. 


Gospel Singing 


4. Gospel Singing 

SENIOR CAMP 


4. 


Gospel Singing 




First Year 


Second Year 




Third Year 


1. 


The Old Testament 


1. Christian Evidences 


1. 


Bible and the Spade 


2. 


Christian Temperance 


2. Brethren History 


2. 


Early Church (Acts) 


3. 


Sunday School Organization 


3. Christian Endeavor. 


3. 


Evangelism 


4. 


Public Speaking 


4. Choir and Orchestra 


4. 


Choir and Orchestra 




YOUNG PEOPLE or POST-GRADUATES 








First Year 


Second Year 




Third Year 


1. 


Bible and Science 


1. Bible Doctrines 


1. 


New Testament Epistles 


2. 


Church History 


2. Missions 


2. 


History of English Bible 


3. 


How to Teach 


3. Child Study 


3. 


Leadership Training 


4. 


Bible Prophecy 


4. Worship Training 


4. 


Personal Evangelism 



The above is just a suggested outline. Suggestions and crit- 
icisms will be welcomed. Every Camp will not be able to 
follow such an outline, because not all are able to have this 
many age-groups. It is suggested that Camps which have 
less than four groups pick as nearly as possible from the 
right age-group, except that in certain cases, courses from 
other groups may be chosen to build a connected curriculum. 



Text-books or syllabus material can be provided for each 
of these courses. It is suggested that six pei'iods of study 
be provided for each course and that a certificate or diploma 
be given for each three-year group of studies. Your Educa- 
tional Director is anxious to make these plans as practical 
and workable as possible. He will especially welcome the 
suggestions of those who have had experience in teaching 
any of this work or in Camp leadership in any of the groups. 



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Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 



A recent check in the Alumni Office revealed that the 
honor roll now numbers 386 names. A board listing 238 names 
has been on the west wall of the chapel for almost a year 
and a similar one is being prepared for the east wall of the 
room for the additional names. It is expected that before the 
war is over that both boards will be filled. So far as the 
office has been able to ascertain, only two fatalities have re- 
sulted from the conflict: William Norton was lost in the South 
Pacific almost a year ago and Robert Miller died in a Jap- 
anese prison camp in July. 

Recent notification received on the campus revealed that 
four Brethren girls were accepted for listing in the publica- 
tion, "Who's Who Among College Students." This book seeks 
to give the accomplishments of the outstanding students each 
year for the benefit of employers interested in contacting 
these young people. Listed this year were: Mary Cree Riddle, 
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. E. M. Riddle, pastor of the Breth- 
ren Church in Louisville; Bernice Leatherman, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. N. V. Leatherman, College Representative in 
the field; Miss Mary Bott, daughter of Mrs. M. Helen Bott, 
and Miss Harriett McConnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy 
McConnell. The last two girls are from Ashland. 

President Mason spent last week attending the meeting of 
the National Conference of Church-Related Colleges and the 
National Association of Colleges. Both meetings were held 
in Cincinnati. Present and post war problems of the colleges 
were prominent among the topics discussed. 

Word of recent honors bestowed upon members of the Ash- 
land College Faculty has recently been released. President 
Mason's name has been accepted for listing in "Wlio's Who 
in the Western Hemisphere" and Acting Dean Bixler will be 
listed in "A Directory of American Scholars." President 
Emeritus E. E. Jacobs is listed in both publications. 

President Mason recently referred the problem of "Post 
War Planning" to a committee of the faculty for their con- 
sideration. In presenting the problem, the president cited the 
many questions which will be facing the colleges with the 
approach of the close of the war. He stated that his policy 
included the fitting of Ashland College to meet the needs of 
a post war America and that now is the time to plan. 

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PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT NEWS 

Conducted b-/ Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Membership Additions 

One was baptized in the Masontown Brethren Church on 
Sunday, Dec. 5. 

On Thanksgiving evening one was baptized in the Union- 
town Second Brethren Church. 

One was baptized in the First Brethren Church, Pittsburgh, 
December 5, and one awaits baptism. 

Masontown Brethren Neves 

On January 2, Rev. Freeman Ankrum began his fourth 
year as pastor. The past three years have rolled along rap- 



idly for Rev. Ankrum, and that "with the maximum of pleas- 
ure and the minimum of sorrow." A brief summary, which 
naturally leaves out many things, denotes the activity of a 
busy pastorate: Revivals held, 3; Communions conducted, 8; 
Baptisms, 63; Members added, 71; Weddings, 12; Funerals 
conducted, 39; Sermons preached, 339; church bulletins 
printed, approximately 15,000. Nearly 400 copies of "Alex- 
ander Mack, The Tunker and Descendants," a historical gen- 
ealogy of the Brethren Church, written by Rev. Ankrum, 
have gone out over the United States. The Masontown Church 
treasury now shows $834.05 in the Annex Fund, and $502.00 
in the Parsonage Fund. 

Pittsburgh Brethren Church 

The aggressive pastor. Brother W. S. Crick, has led the 
Pittsburgh Brethren through the first five months of the 
initial year of his pastorate. During this time there have 
been eight additions to the membership, six by letter, one 
by relation, and one by baptism. During the evangelistic cam- 
paign held in the fore part of December, the congregation 
gave a generous love gift to the pastor-evangelist. From De- 
cember 7-30 the pastor made 95 calls, which indicates that 
the effort in soul-winning is not waning. The Thanksgiving 
Offering for Home Missions exceeds that of last year by 
16 percent. 

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News From Our 
Churches 



SOUTH BEND, INDIANA 

A brief report from South Bend will be of some interest 
to many readers, I am sure, but it is very easy to put off 
till a more convenient time. I am not writing because it is 
convenient to do so, but we do think churches should report. 

It never seems to me that we have accomplished much to 
report. Our fall work started out very well. We do have 
much defense work in this city and our men have overtime 
and Sunday work that keeps them away from the services. 
More than 60 on our Honor Roll, which includes some of our 
very faithful workers in the church. 

Our Rally Day and Homecoming were combined into one 
big day. Rev. N. V. Leatherman was our guest speaker for 
the day. He is a former pastor and his presence was a great 
joy and helped tremendously in the fine spirit and program 
of the day. There were about 150 at the Homecoming dinner, 
which was twice as many as last year. 

The Memorial service was not held last year, as we had 
no deaths during the year in our membership; but this year 
(1943) eight were called home: Mrs. Rosa Sriver, Mrs. Mable 
Vinson, Mr. Ira Carpenter, Mrs. Clyde Yoder, Mrs. Alma 
Gouchenour, Mrs. J. A. Ingleright, Mrs. Horace Thompson 
and Mrs. Sarah Kale. 

We considered Homecoming a great day and greatly ap- 
preciated the presence of Rev. Leatherman and we give him 
this public, though belated, "Thank You." 

Our Communion was larger than any we have held here, 
with 176 taking part, which is 41% of our membership. I do 



January 22, 1944 



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not think a communion attendance is good unless more than 
50% are in attendance; 65% is the highest percentage I 
have ever been able to reach. Certainly more of our people 
should attend communion. 

Our Christmas season and special programs were all that 
we could hope for. Watch Night service was not our largest, 
but it was the richest spiritual experience of any Watcli 
Night service that I have attended. The last hour was spent 
in testimony, closing with a beautiful candle lighting service, 
conducted by the Acme Class. 

The year has brought encouraging gains. Our offerings 
here stepped up, for which we are grateful. A Christian that 
does not give as generously as he is able, is failing in a very 
important grace. 

To raise our District Mission Offering we provided en- 
velopes printed as Communion Cards for our record. This has 
always worked splendidly and I believe if it were put in op- 
eration in all the churches, we would get our full apportion- 
ment and more. It came rather close to our regular "Home 
Mission" offering, but did not in any way hinder, because 
that offering was much larger. 

However, the one standard that seems to me to measure 
growth more than all others, is the number of worthy people 
that are being won to Christ and the Church. We have not 
reached nearly as many as we should, but have received a 
splendid group during the year. The number is 54, consisting 
of 11 men and their wives, 10 heads of families and 22 young 
people. 

Quite extensive improvements have taken place on the 
building: repairs, redecorating, refinishing the floor of the 
auditorium, new ceilings of rooms, new floor covering for 
the entire first floor. Some of our men have been doing a lot 
of labor at night and some of the women furnish lunch that 
adds to the social experience of working together. We expect 
a better year for 1944. 

Mrs. Studebaker has been having a hard siege for more 
than a year, which, of course, has curtailed some of our ac- 
tivities, but we still hope and pray that the Lord will raise 
her up to health. Christian faith lights the dark valleys of 
life. 

I thought this would be a very brief report, but there are 
many activities which we know are interesting to church folk. 
One that should not be left out is the fact of our good Brother 
Wm. Monroe, a lay preacher who is pastor at Teegarden 
and County Line Churches. He is doing a fine work. He de- 
sires to give his time to the ministry and we want him to do 
so. He will make us a fine pastor. We consider Brother Mon- 
roe's work part of the activity of this church. If we have 
more Brethren Churches we must have more men who will 
give their full time to building the church. We rejoice in the 
success of every church. 

Claud Studebaker, Pastor. 

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MUNCIE, INDIANA 

It has been a long time since you have had a report from 
the Muncie Church. 

On November 29, 1943, Rev. and Mrs. Delbert B. Flora 
came to us from Elkhart, Indiana, to hold a two weeks meet- 
ing for us. We had ideal weather, and considering conditions 
which prevail all over the country we had a good attendance 
and interest throughout. The choir loft was well filled for 
each service. 

Everyone enjoyed the fine sermons and the wonderful fel- 



lowship of our former pastor. Six confessions and one re- 
consecration were the visible results. 

The members were encouraged and built up spiritually. We 
will never realize how much good was done. I feel that the 
Muncie Church has taken on new life and enthusiasm, and, 
with the coming of our new pastor and wife. Rev. and Mrs. 
E. D. Burnworth, we will soon be going forward for our 
Lord. So, with the leadership of Rev. Burnworth and the co- 
operation of the people here, I believe you will find that Mun- 
cie is still alive and doing great things for the furthering of 
God's kingdom. 

May God's richest blessings rest upon us as we strive 
against Satan and his host, that in the name of Jesus we 
will win the victory. 

Thanks, Elkhart, for the loan of your pastor. 

Mrs. Rosa Richey, Cor. Sec. 

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CERRO GORDO, ILLINOIS 

We had a most wonderful year, indeed praiseworthy, under 
the ministry of Rev. L. 0. McCartneysmith and the help of 
his very efficient wife. Our little Church is appreciative of the 
record accomplishments we attained under their guidance. We 
were sorry to have them leave us, but they felt it their duty 
to go and live 'nith and care for Mrs. McCartneysmith's 
father, who is eighty-three years old. Considering that our 
church was without a pastor for ten years previous to their 
coming, everyone took hold and got things done, not in a 
day, but a lot for a year. 

As to spiritual blessings we had 21 added to the Church 
by baptism, and 5 by letter. There were three deacons and 
three deaconesses elected and ordained. Three men were 
called to the ministry; the church was reorganized; a young 
people's council organized; mid-week prayer and Bible study 
organized; Men's Christian Fellowship begun, also a Sister- 
hood of Mary and Martha and Signal Lights organized. All 
these were led under capable leaders. 

Special activities were many and varied: A Father and 
Son banquet with fifty-three fathers and sons present; a 
Mother and Daughter banquet with ninety-six mothers and 
daughters present; Men's Cliristian Fellowship banquet with 
fifty-five present; also a Men's Christian Fellowship Broad- 
cast, with young people assisting. 

Our Spring Communion found sixty-two present and our 
Fall Communion had an attendance of seventy-six. We ob- 
served our Harvest-Homecoming with services both morning 
and afternoon, which included dinner in the basement of the 
church. 

Other special services observed were: Union Thanksgiving 
services, a special Christmas Cantata and Tableaux, a New 
Years' Watch Night party and (^Jandle Lighting service, an 
Easter Sunrise service with other churches. Three weeks of 
evangelism with Dr. Charles A. Bame as speaker. Dedication 
of a Service Flag, Memorial services on Slemorial Day, Moth- 
er's Day with the W. M. S. in charge. Father's Day closing 
with a concert of Sacred Music in the evening in their honor. 
Children's Day program presented by the children of the 
church, Bible Sunday with a display of old Bibles with a re- 
ward for the oldest Bible brought, Ashland Day, with Dr. 
Mason, President of Ashland College, as the speaker, and a 
Concert of Sacred Music monthly. 

Besides all these accomplishments and blessings we made 
quite a few improvements inside and outside our little church 
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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Toplei eoprrlgbtad br th« Intecnatlonal Sodetr at ChrtiUui SBdMTor. 
Used by permUiloiL " 



Topic for January 23, 1944 

"TORCH BEARERS IN THE DARK AGES" 

Scripture: Hebrews ll:36-4ft 

For The Leader 

Our scripture lesson tonight concerns itself with the un- 
sung heroes of the old Testament years — of faithful follow- 
ers of God. In the early portions of the chapter we read of 
the faith of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob plus many others. 
Now we read of "others'" who had "trial of cruel mockings 
and scourgings." These were faithful unto death and their 
crowns await them. Our topic tonight leads us to think of 
that period of Church History known as the Dark Ages. 
Certainly what has been said of the heroes of old can also 
be said of the faithful Christians who endured during the 
period in our lesson tonight. 

DISCUSSION 

1. WORLD CONDITIONS CAUSING THE DARK AGES. 
By the dark ages we mean that period of time beginning in 
the fifth century A. D. and continuing for a number of cen- 
turies. It was the period of German and barbaric conquest 
of what had been the Roman empire. Rome, in its day had 
conquered most of western Europe except the German terri- 
tory. Rome's culture and learning had gone far in "civilizing" 
the world. At the height of Romes' power, Christianity was 
born. Rome's "universal" language, its highways and peace 
made it possible for carriers of the gospel to spread through- 
out the then known world. But Rome fell, a victim of its own 
easy life, excess taxation, and the overrunning of pagan war- 
like tribes. 

Thus the advance of learning and science was lost. In the 
place of Rome's peaceful control came feudalism, petty king- 
doms, robbery and wars. Also, the Church, better knowTi as 
the Catholic Church, was rotted with self-seeking priests and 
rulers. The people were neglected and sin abounded. Perse- 
cutions and pagan practices crept into the churches. Chris- 
tianity fast became a ritual religion. It was not easy to be 
a true Christian in those days. 

2. THE DANGERS OF THE DARK AGES. As the gospel 
is not bound by any group or Church, so it was not bound to 
the limits of the organized Church of the Dark ages. How 
dreadful must have been the worship of the church of that 
age. The terror of the future was held over every worshipper. 
Payments must be made for sins, past, present, and future. 
Relatives must be bought out of perdition. Pagan idols and 
practices were a part of Church worship. Little true gospel 
Christianity existed. 

But as we said, the gospel was not bound by any particu- 
lar Church. God's Holy Spirit worked in the hearts of men, 
choosing and leading. Out of the paganism and darkness of 
the day came groups of faithful believers. They forsook the 
organized Church for solitude in monasteries and eaves in 
the hills. Here they faced the dangers of starvation, murder 
and robbery. The uncivilized plunderers of the lands made 
short work of many. But they endured to the end. They 
worked and wrote by hand for long hours the precious words 
of God. They prayed and fasted. They were faithful to the 
end. 



3. WHY THEY DID IT. In our ease of worship and ser- 
vice today we cannot fully understand what it would mean 
to be hunted and haunted by unbeliefs, paganism and mur- 
derers. We find it easy to say, "Where He leads me I will 
follow," when possibly all it will mean is serving Him amid 
peace and security. Yet if we think a little perhaps we can 
gain a glimpse of what it took for them to stand for Christ. 

They carried the torch through the dark ages because they 
believed in Christ. Yes, because they were given power by 
the Holy Spirit to stand for Him. They forsook all to follow 
Him. Ajiother reason which should prompt us to greater 
faithfulness to Christ is that they desired that future gen- 
erations of people should have the gospel. Thus we have 
this heritage of sacrifice as our very own. The question which 
we must answer is this, "What are we doing to guarantee 
that coming generations will also have the gospel?" 

4. WHAT REWARD DID THEY RECEIVE ? Our practical 
minds would ask such a question of the torchbearers of the 
dark ages. Just what did. they gain for having lived a life 
of sacrifice, poverty and fear ? Certainly they died and they 
had lived. Not much was their earthly gain. The natural man 
would say they were fanatics. But to us who a long time 
later have received salvation as a result of their faithfulness, 
we can say "God bless them." Yes, because they preserved 
us the one way to eternal life. 

All of those faithful are dead. But are they dead ? "Hence- 
forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness" says 
Paul, "and to all them who love His appearing." Immortal- 
ity, reward, eternal life, all are theirs forever. That is their 
reward. Though stoned, starved, persecuted, and beaten, they 
have an inheritance incorruptible, yes, even glory in Christ, 
and with Him. 

5. MODERN TORCHBEARERS FOR CHRIST. In a sense, 
the true Christian today is a torchbearer amid paganism, sin 
and persecution. Paganism when we see some of the ungodly 
practices and amusements which all young people are asked 
to do these days. Sin, when we see the utter disregard of God 
and His holy things by the greater masses of people. Perse- 
cution, when we see how greatly so many people will not 
endure the sound preaching of the true gospel. For the young 
man or woman today to stand true to Christ takes the same 
spirit of devotion to Christ as it did many years ago. 

Yes, we can be "average" Christians. That is, being a 
church attendant, living morally good, and not going too far 
in amusements. Such do not have to have definite convic- 
tions on right or wrong, nor do they need to stand firm on 
the doctrines of the Church. But a "true" Christian young 
person does. It takes faith and courage to stand for Christ. 
Always there will be those who will fearlessly stand as a 
true torchbearers for Christ. They will attend the services of 
God's house when others beckon them away. They will pray 
and study their Bibles. They will live for Christ until death. 
They will receive a golden reward when Christ rewards His 
faithful torchbearers. 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION 

1. Describe your idea of life during the Dark Ages. 

2. What power was back of the faithful Christians during 

3. How can we be torchbearers for Christ today ? 

A SUGGESTION FOR YOUR WEEKLY MEETINGS 

A project which has been found helpful by others is a 
weekly Bible Quiz conducted in the C. E. meetings. Ten ques- 
tions are chosen and each member is asked to write his an- 
swer on paper. The papers are collected and graded. High 
scorers over a period of weeks can be rewarded with C. E. 
pins or other rewards. 



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The questions are kept simple enough for the average 
mind. They are chosen from general sources. By taking a 
question or two from the Sunday School Lesson, the Mid- 
week discussion, and Sunday morning and evening sermons, 
an incentive and interest in all services of the Church is 
built up. Try it and let us know how it works out in your 
Church. Your Topic Editor. 

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PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Outlines 

LESSON 52 
Gideon, The Mighty Man of Valor 

1. Gideon was of the tribe of Manasseh. His father's name 
was Joash. Judges 6:11. 

2. At the time Gideon was a young man Israel had for- 
saken God. They were in a degraded condition. They were in 
constant terror of the Midianites who made raids into their 
land and took their grain, their live stock and anything else 
they wanted. Judges 6:1-5. 

3. Like us, the Children of Israel "cried unto the Lord" 
when trouble came. They couldn't take time to do that until 
they found themselves in deep distress. As sure as we get 
too busy for our prayer and Bible study, then things begin 
to happen which drives us to our knees. Judges 6:6. 

4. The Lord sent a prophet to rebuke the sinful people. 
Then He took steps to deliver the people from their enemies 
by calling Gideon to be commander-in-chief of Israel's armies. 
Judges 6:7-10; Judges 6:11-12 

5. Like us, Gideon began to make excuses to keep from 
getting into the harness. So often we say, "Why I am not 
educated, or gifted, or talented. I get frightened when I get 
up. Let some one else do it." Gideon said that his family 
was poor and unimportant, and that he, himself, was the 
least important of any of his family even. Judges 6:13-15. 

6. The Lord assured him of His divine presence. He told 
him he would be certain to succeed if he followed instructions. 
At Gideon's request the Lord gave him some supernatural 
signs to convince him that he really could do as he was being 
asked to do. There are scores of men who may be weaklings 
in their own eyes, but in the eyes of the Lord they are 
"mighty men of valor." They need to cut loose from their 
fears and go all out for the Lord. Judges 6:16-21; Judges 
6:36-40. 

7. In order to get ready for a great victory the idols had 
to be destroyed. At the command of the Lord, Gideon de- 
stroyed the altar and grove of Baal, and built instead an 
altar to the Lord. The idol worshippers threatened him with 
death, but his father saved him. Judges 6:24-32. 

8. Gideon blew a trumpet and called Israel together. They 
responded — 32,000 of them. Gideon, at the command of the 
Lord told all of them who were afraid, to go home, and 
22,000 of them went. (I wonder if I would have been in that 
gang of cowards). Gideon's army was reduced even more 
until only 300 were left. The Lord wanted all men to know 
that He was saving Israel not that large army. Judges 6:34; 
Judges 7:2, 3; Judges 7:7. 

9. The Lord himself planned the attack through Gideon. 
It was different, of course, and very effective. Each man 



was to take a torch, an empty pitcher and a trumpet. The 
sleepy Midianites would be confused by the torches, fright- 
ened by the loud blare of the trumpets, and terrorized by 
the words, "The sword of the Lord and of Gideon," shouted 
lustily by 300 determined Israelites. The empty pitchers 
breaking would sound to them like the rattling of much heavy 
armor. Judges 7:15-18. 

10. The Midianites were overwhelmingly defeated. Notice 
the faithfulness of the 300. "They stood every man in his 
place round about the camp." They left no holes in the ranks. 
If one of them had not been in his place, the results of the 
battle would have been different. I wonder what the church 
of the living God could do today if we would stand "every 
man in his place?" Judges 7:19-24. Gideon was offered the 
cro\\Ti by the Israelites, but he refused it. He must never have 
heard of politics as we know it today. Judges 8:22, 23. 

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BULLETIH BOAR© SUGGESTIONS 
Suggested b'y Rev. E. ]. Bee}{ley 



1. Every Church has all the success it prays for. 

2. A pint of example is worth a gallon of advice. 

3. Keep your Bible open and you will not find the door of 
heaven shut. 

4. Jesus died for you! "Is it nothing to you, all ye that 
pass by?" 

5. The first steps toward happiness are the Church steps. 

6. Good Christians make good citizens. 

7. Get off the devil's pay-roll. 

8. If there is no sorrow for sin, there is no joy in salvation. 

9. No one can be truly educated who lacks a knowledge 
of the Bible. 

10. Prayerless pews make powerless pulpits. 



^^^iitj^ ^^nnnunttmtnt 



PLANK-HARTZLER. On Sunday, December 26, 1943, at 
4 P. M., Miss Martha Dawn Hartzler, daughter of Mrs. and 
the late Frank B. Hartzler of Smithville, Ohio, became the 
bride of David T. Plank, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Plank 
of lEverett, Ohio. The ceremony was performed in the First 
Brethren Church of Smithville, Ohio, by the undersigned. 

The church was lighted by white candles with sever.- 
branched candelabra placed before the altar banked with 
palms and ferns, and decorated with large baskets of white 
snapdragons and chrysanthemums. 

A half hour recital of nuptial music was played by Ralph 
Wellington Klingel. Mrs. Harvey J. Amstutz sang "I Love 
Thee" by Griegg, "Because" and "Oh Promise Me," accom- 
panied by Mr. Klingel. 

The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Robert 
D. Hartzler. The Misses Esther Jenkins of New York City, 
Lucille Adams of Medina, Mesdames Richard Fair and (Charles 
Baxter were bridesmaids. Mrs. Ralph Wellington Klingel was 
matron of honor. Pfc. Harry Plank, brother to the groom, 
served as best man. The minister read the single ring cere- 
mony. 



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The bride was graduated from Ashland College and is 
teaching in the Rittman schools. The groom was graduated 
from Baldwin-Wallace College and is supervisor of music in 
thj Rittman schools. 

J. G. Dodds. 



SELL-BURKEY. Miss Betty Burkey, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Daniel R. Burkey, and Cpl. Wilmer A. Sell, son of Mrs. 
Delia Sell, were united in the bonds of holy matrimony, by 
the undersigned, on Wednesday evening, December 22, 1943. 

The ceremony was conducted in the Vinco Brethren Church 
with a number of relatives and friends in attendance. Both 
of the newlyweds are active members of the Vinco Brethren 
Church. Corporal Sell is stationed at Fort Monroe, Virginia. 

Clarence Y. Gilmer. 



CROSBY-AINSWORTH— On Thursday evening, December 
24, 1943, at the home of Brother and Sister John P. Scott, 
Mr. Homer Eugene Ainsworth and Miss Harriett Lois Crosby 
were united by the undersigned in the Holy bonds of Matri- 
mony. They were attended by the bride's brother and his 
wife, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Crosby. 

These fine young folks are both members of the North 
Vandergrift Brethren Church and enter upon this new life 
with the blessing and good wishes of the entire church group. 
They will be missed in their activities of the church group 
as the bridegroom is employed at York, Pennsylvania, where 
they will be at home to their friends at 546 West Philadel- 
phia Street. 

Our prayers anxiously follow these and all young folks 
Uiat they may be blessed of God with the spiritual qualities 
necessary for the stupendous task that lies ahead for them. 
Our blessing on all such is: 

The Lord guide thee continually. 

And satisfy thy soul in drought; 

And be thou like a watered garden 

And like springs of water whose waters fail not. 

Samuel H. Buzard. 

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News From Our Churches 

(Continued from page 11) 

and came out with all current expenses paid and a surplus 
in both Sunday School and church treasuries, and all de- 
nominational interests met with gratifying response. 

We face the new year without a Shepherd for our little 
flock, but we are carrying on as best we can until the Lord 
sees fit to sed us another leader. 

Mrs. A. W. Derr. 



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ELKHART, INDIANA 

Not since October has a news letter been sent to the Evan- 
gelist. Our editor manifests difficulty in fabricating news 
from the air. Therefore, I write this letter for his assistance 
ard your information. 

I shall begin with Brother Ray Klingensmith's meetings 
during the last half of October. He was welcomed very joy- 
o\'.sly by his former pastorate. He was entertained in the 
home of Brother and Sister Charlie Shoup, and from reports 



made by both hosts and guest, his stay there was most en- 
joyable with never a minute dragging. A great many of 
Brother Klingensmith's friends in the city visited during the 
two weeks. Those weeks awakened a call in the hearts of 
the people of the church to do more and greater than before. 
Six people answered the call to receive Christ during those 
meetings. The host pastor was most glad to have Brother 
Klingensmith in his pulpit. This is the third series of meet- 
ings in which the two have worked together. 

On the first Sunday evening of November we had a service 
of baptism and reception of new members. The attendance 
was large and the interest and spiritual feeling were high. 

On Wednesday evening preceding Thanksgiving Day, our 
church united with the Castle Memorial U. B. church which 
is about six blocks west on the same street, in a special 
Thanksgiving service. The service was held in the neigh- 
boring church. The attendance was large and a good offering 
was received for sending Christmas gifts to the children in 
the Japanese relocation camps in this country. This writer 
was the speaker. Next year the U. B. church will come here 
and their pastor will deliver the message. 

The Monday following Thanksgi\ing found and Mrs. Flora 
and me on our way to Muncie for a two week series of meet- 
ings with the good people of our cliurch there. This was an- 
other case of a former pastor returning to work with and 
for old friends. A great interest was manifest from the first 
night. The choir was filled in every service throughout the 
two weeks, and how those people did sing! And they prayed 
and called on friends. I doubt that I have ever seen such en- 
thusiasm in the Muncie church. Six people acknowledged 
Christ as Savior. All were young people with the exception 
of one grandmother of above sixty-five years. 

I am convinced that the Muncie church has a great future. 
They were downcast because word had come to them that 
many in the Brotherhood had the opinion that work there 
would be very limited or shortlived because of the movement 
of populations, particularly of colored people. It is true that 
people have moved, both into and away from the vicinity of 
the church building, and some time they may have to look 
for a new location. But if that time comes, they will find 
along with the work of it great new opportunities. However, 
work on their building cannot be resumed for several years, 
likely, because of the war. During that time they can in- 
crease the building fund which has $10,000 in it now. Then 
things may be different even in the present location because 
of further movement of peoples due to changes in industrial 
conditions, and perhaps even because of further housing 
projects in that part of the city. The Muncie church can do 
as much as it ever did. I am fully confident of that. They 
now have their new pastor with them, Brother E. D. Burn- 
worth, and they are very happy. 

Upon returning from Muncie, we found Christmas almost 
upon us and the flu in full swing. Our attendance in all ser- 
vices fell off considerably, but the Spirit of the Lord was at 
work nevertheless so that on Christmas Sunday two more 
boys accepted Christ publicly. We are now preparing to enter 
the new year with six more baptisms. We shall also have an- 
other special service of honor for more boys whose name 
cards are to be placed on our Service Honor Roll. 

Our choir presented a very fine and inspiring Christmas 
cantata in the face of difficulties caused by much sickness 
and exacting working conditions. The people of that depart- 
ment of our church are most faithful and persistent, for 
which we thank tlie Lord. 

May the Lord bless you all in the new year and bring peace 
to a sorrowful world. 

Delbert B. Flora. 



January 22, 1944 



15 




The 

Business 

Manager s 

Corner 



By George S. Baer 



Let Us Pray 

This is no mere formal call to prayer. We are in dead ear- 
nest. We want every praying member of the Brethren church 
to unite with us in imploring the throne of grace for a great 
moving of the Spirit upon the hearts of the people in behalf 
of the Publication Interests at this season. We are faced 
with the most critical time in the history of the church. The 
terrible world chaos is a challenge to the church's most effi- 
cient and far-reaching service. Serious men in every stage 
of public responsibility are recognizing the great part the 
church must play in bringing peace and solving the problems 
of a war-torn world. The church must be at its best, and to 
be so, the church's printing facilities must be enabled to 
function efficiently. That this may be made possible, we are 
asking you to Join us in prayer. We believe prayer accom- 
plishes things. 

Ask Great Things of God 

His arm is not limited except where there is a lack of 
faith. He could do no mighty works in Nazareth because of 
their unbelief. Let not the same thing be said of us. Ask 
great things of God and He will do great things through you. 
Ask God to make this the greatest offering ever made for 
Publications in the history of our church — greater even than 
our Goals Program has had the faith to ask. The goal was 
set at $5,000. Let us aim above it, rather than under. And 
let us make it a very personal responsibility. If you and I 
and all of us shall pray that God shall lead us in determin- 
ing the size of our gifts, he will undoubtedly lead us to do 
far above what we have had the courage to ask for. 

It Is the Lord's Work 

Remember, when you give a Publication Day Offering, 
you are giving to make possible the printing and spreading 
abroad in a larger way the Message of the Gospel and the 
work of his church. The printing plant of the Brethren church 
is not primarily a business enterprise but a religious institu- 
tion, set apart for the Lord's work. Let us treat it so. 

Printed Letters and Offering Envelopes 

have been sent to every pastor with the request that they be 
distributed to every member. The hearty cooperation of the 
pastors is being seen in advance. One pastor tells us that 
he is sending our letter and a letter of his own writing to 
every member of his congregation and is laying the matter 
heavily upon their hearts. He is also asking for subscriptions 
to the Brethren Evangelist. We believe many others will do 
the same. Whatever your method of promoting this cause, 
we ask your earnest cooperation. 



Evangelist and Quarterlies 

are enjoying increased interest, we are glad to say. But we 
would be glad to sell still more. We have some quarterlies 
waiting for those who failed to order a sufficient amount and 
for those who have discovered new needs. As for The Evan- 
gelist, this is the time to renew for most subscribers. Take 
care of the matter promptly. And send in for others, along 
with your own. Be a missionary for The Evangelist. Put your 
church among the 100 percenters. 

Order Supplies 

as far ahead of the time of actual need as possible. Remem- 
ber these are not normal times, and many of the houses 
from which we buy are far behind in filling their orders, be- 
cause they cannot ,get help. You can help yourself to avoid 
disappointment by anticipating your needs and ordering them 
far in advance. For your regular Sunday School literature, 
it will help us and be to your interest to place a standing 
order, telling us to keep on sending this order quarter after 
quarter until further notified. 

Books! Books! Books! 

This is no time to stop reading. You need the uplift of 
good books as never before. Not all are available, but many 
are. Write us for what you want. If available we will get 
them for you, if they are not, we will notify you. 



PUBLICATION DAY— JANUARY 30 
$5,000.00 OFFERING THIS YEAR 

GENERAL CONFERENCE TREASURER'S REPORT OF 
FUNDS RECEIVED SINCE THE 1943 CONFERENCE . . . 

TO AND INCLUDING JANUARY 4, 1944 

(As requested of every Church by General Conference) 

Previously reported $212.69 

Smithville, Ohio 11.25 

Cumberland, Md. 1st Church 5.00 

Gretna, Ohio 12.37 

Waynesboro, Pa. 1st Church Loyal 23.10 

Denver, Indiana 15.12 

Pittsburgh, Pa 15.00 

Roann, Indiana 9.75 

New Lebanon, Ohio 25.00 

Uniontown, Pa. 2nd Church 6.54 

Falls City, Nebr 16.33 

New Paris, Ind 10.00 

Cambria, Ind 5.00 



$367.15 

Churches which have failed thus far to answer this ap- 
peal for funds by our National Conference are urged to do 
so soon, sending same to the National Conference Secretary, 
Dr. L. E. Lindower, 520 Samaritan Ave., Ashland, Ohio, or 
to the undersigned. Treasurer. 

Floyd S. Benshoff, 148 Wilson St., Johnstown, Pa. 

PUBLICATION DAY— JANUARY 30 
$5,000.00 OFFERING THIS YEAR 

If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if 
moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiencies. 
Nothing is denied to well-directed labor; nothing is ever to 
be attained without it. — Sir Joshua Reynolds. 



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Books for Children's Workers 




48. 

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PRIMARY. 



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SERVICES 



Forty-eight Primary Worship ■ 
Services 

By Caroline Kellogg 

The book presents a year's series of weekly 
worship services, arranged by months, beginning 
with October and ending with September. 

A book that meets the needs of Primary super- 
intendents everywhere. The services are so ar- 
ranged that each month is happily provided for. 
There are many new stories, ten songs and one 
instrumental number in the book. Price, $1,50, 



Primary Worship Services 

By Imogene Humphrey 

It contains twelve prugrams, one fnr each month. 
There are seasonal adaptjitious, suitable songs, 
Scripture .'; elections, pneni.s tn memorize, motion 
exercises, missionary instruction, welcome to new 
pupils, birthdav suggestions, flag salutes, etc. 
Price, $1.00. 

Bible Text Stories for Boys and 
Girls 

By Louise M. Oglevee 

Primary and Junior Sunday-s^chool teachers in 
quest for "nnnther story" will welcome this book. 
Ministers can use these stories effectively as 
children's sermons, too. 

There are stories for worship service and class 
use. for all season-^ and for every special day. 
Each story illnstrates Bible truths and illuminates 
childhood experiences. Each story is based on a 
Bible text, and is within the comprehension of a 
child. The heavenly Father is shown as an ever 
present helper and friend. Jesus as a child like 
other children, and the Christian way of life as the 
wav of safety, .ioy and peace. Arranged with a 
Topical and a Bible Text Index. Price, $1.50. 



Story Poems for Children 

By Louise M. Oglevee 

These little stories in verse, easily read and 
easily memorized, are for use on programs for all 
occasions; for worship services, and to give the 
real meaning of every special day. 

The shortness and simplicity of the verse 
stories and the many pictures in the back make 
it a welcome addition to the child's own library. 
Price, $1.00. 



The Children's Hour 

By Mayme Rolf Leonard 

Here is a superb collection of 20 stories. 20 
object talks, 20 games r.nd 3 dramas for children 
from eight to sixteen. In all, 20 complete pro- 
grams are given, with a definite theme or char- 
acter point being followed in each and carried out 
through text, hymn story-object talk and story. 
Excellent for vacation school, Sunday school or 
home. 183 pages. Price, $1.25. 

Junior Worship 

By Ada Rose Demerest 

Fifty-two worship programs, each about twenty 
minutes long, and each is introductory to the les- 
son, though complete in itself and not aimed to re- 
late to the lesson. The author assumes that ample 
Scripture emphasis and study will be looked after 
in the lesson period. In the book the programs 
are arranged in groups. For instance, there are 
twelve in the special-day group, four in the group 
"Grod's Book." two in the group "Reverence foi- 
God's House," and thirteen in a miscellaneous 
group — nine groups in all. "Junior Worship" 
also contains a number of bright, interesting sto- 
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little original song arrangements for special use 
Price, $1.50. 

The Junior Plan Book 

By Louise M. Oglevee 

There are plans and programs for all special 
days, parties and world friendship services. There 
is a Mother's Day service containing a song with 
music. Other delightful features are an Easter 
service, a Junior motto, a number of short poems, 
several attractive patterns for invitations, decora- 
tions and programs. Price, $1.00. 

Stories for the Junior Hour 

Among the twenty-one stories are Bible classics 
and everyday stories, but all are choice specimens 
of the storyteller's art and are fascinating from the 
first word to the last. This book of story material 
will be welcomed by every Junior teacher in Sun- 
day school or vacation school. Price, $1.00. 

Junior Pageants 

By Ada Rose Demerest 

The problem of special-day programs for the 
Junior age is solved through the use of the simple 
dramatizations provided in this book. There are 
fourteen dramatic programs. Price, $1.00. 



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January 29, 1944 



The Brethren Evangelist; 



The Brethren EvangeHst 

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INTERESTING ITEMS 



There are many ways of confessing our Lord be- 
fore men besides standing up in a testimony meeting. 



Most of us agree that we are not perfect, but we 
find it difficult to see our imperfections. 



A TTENTION^CAMPERS 

Your Camp Director can use a large num- 
ber of snap-shots of Campers or Camp scenes 
which would be of interest generally, to 
Campers. Will you be kind enough to send any 
such snap-shots of any size to L. E. Lindower, 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. We need 
them to let others see something of our good 
cannot be returned. Others can be. Thank 
times in Camp. Those which we cannot use 
you. 

L. E. Lindower. 



100% CHURCHES 

DAYTON, OHIO, BRETHREN CHURCH JOINS the 
Evangelist 100% list. We received serai-official notification 
of this fact some several weeks ago from the pastor. Brother 
Vernon Grisso, but he told us to withhold the announcement 
of the same until the official notification came from the 
proper officials of the church. This came through lately and 
we are glad to welcome the Dayton Church into the ranks 
of the 100 per centers. 

And by the way, now might be a very good time for other ' 
churches to enter into this list. Of course, we are taking it 
for granted that the former 100 percenters are continuing on 
in the list. Already several of them have repeated. We will 
have a list of the churches who have attained this distinction 
in a near issue of The Evangelist. 

A MARKED BULLETIN FROM THE HAGERSTOWN 
CHURCH carried an announcement of the annual get-to- 
gether of the Crusader's Class on Thursday, January 20th. 
The men were to bring their wives. We trust that they had 
a fine time. 

The bulletin also carried the following interesting item: 
At the quarterly business meeting of the church on January 
11th, the reports showed that the church treasury showed a 
balance of over $800.00, and the benevolence treasury a bal- i 
ance of nearly $250.00. Besides all this the congregation has 
given in special funds: $1513.00 to liquidate the last bit of ' 
mortgage against the church; $634.00 to Home Missions; 
$175.00 to White Gift offerings; and to date through the past 
week, $837.00 to Ashland College. All these special funds 
have been given since October 15, 1943 and a grand total of 
$3,159.54 is shown. 

Fine work, Hagerstown! 

A VERY INTERESTING COMPARISON IS SHOWN in i 
the Dayton, Ohio, Bulletin of January 16th. The Sunday 
School attendance of 1942 and 1943 is shown as follows: 

1942 — Average Sunday School Attendance 87 

1943 — Average Sunday School Attendance .... 147 
This means a 69% gain over the 1942 period. Can other 
■ churches in the brotherhood match this ? Brother Fred Ec- 
card is the Superintendent of the Dayton Sunday School. 

AGAIN, JUST ONE MORE "GENTLE" REMINDER., 

When many of you receive this issue it will be near the time 
of the receiving of the PUBLICATION DAY OFFERING. If 
you read it after you have given your offering in your church, 
you might be reminded to send in a subscription to the Evan- 
gelist, or even to make an additional offering to the fund. 
We do not want to appear too urgent, and yet the necessity 
of the fund makes it become a real urgency. 

AND BY THE WAY, TREASURERS OF CHURCHES, 
please send in the offering just as soon as possible, not too 
soon, however, to not permit all members to contribute. 
When sending the offering make your checks or money orders 
payable to The Brethren Publishing Company, and address 
your envelope as follows: 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY, 

524 College Avenue, 

Ashland, Ohio. 

If offerings are designated for certain objectives of the 
work, be sure to so state. 



ARE THERE OTHER GODS? 



STRAIGHTWA Y— I MM EDI A TELY 



Some time ago, while we were studying the com- 
mandments, a certain individual quoted the words, 
"Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" and said 
to me, "Do you think there are other gods?" 

We think we shocked him for a moment in a most 
thorough manner by saying rather abruptly, "Most 
certainly I do." And for a moment I think I became 
a rank heretic and anathema to him. But I hastened 
to break the spell by giving an explanation of what 
I meant. And this is what I said in substance: 

Whatever becomes the embodiment of power and 
deity to a man becomes a god to him. For he will do 
anj'thing in his ability to keep on good terms with 
his erstwhile deity. He will even, at times, deny the 
power and domination of the God (note the capital) 
of creation. When Jehovah God gave the command- 
ment concerning "no other gods" He through his 
infinite knowledge, was confident that man made 
many things co-ordinate with Himself, and that be- 
cause of this, man did not and would not give Him 
the proper place without commandment. It takes a 
command to make one think. 

And so we have no hesitancy in saying that of 
course there are other gods, but they are gods of 
our own manufacture and have no real place in the 
thought of a Christian. "Other gods" need to be 
avoided. - . 

F. C.V. 



As we have studied the Sunday School lessons for 
this quarter, we certainly must have been impressed 
with Mark's use of the terms "Straightway" and 
"Immediately." These words express the idea of ur- 
gent necessity and prompt obedience in the matters 
set forth by the Lord. 

How impressive of the urgency of our present 
obligations. How necessary to the doing of the tasks 
assigned to each of us, and that at once. No delaying ; 
no procrastination; no forgetfulness — but "immedi- 
ate" response and undelayed effort. That is what we 
need today — a ready response to the call of God. Es- 
pecially in our young life, when called to the defi- 
nite work of the ministry. 

When God called Samuel the response was imme- 
diate, although he misunderstood and mis-inter- 
preted the source of the call. When he fully under- 
stood his word was, "Speak, Lord, for thy servant 
heareth." When God spoke to Isaiah, his answer was, 
"Here am I, send me!" When Paul met the Christ 
on the Damascus Road his cry was, "Lord, what wilt 
Thou have me to do?" And later he said, "I am 
ready." 

And that is what we need today — more of the 
spirit of "immediately" in response to His call to 
service. 

F. C. V. 



PURE WORDS ■ 

"I resolved," remarks a noted author, "when I 
was yet quite young, never to use a word which I 
could not pronounce before my mother." He kept his 
resolution and became a pure-minded, noble, honored 
gentleman. His rule and exainple are worthy of imi- speaks. The Manna. 



tation. Vulgarity in language is thought by some 
boys to be smart; but it is a habit which leads to 
profanity and fills the mind with evil thoughts. It 
vulgarizes and degrades the soul and prepares the 
way for many of the gross and fearful sins which 
now corrupt society. Out of the mouth the heart 



New Seminary Now Offered To Anyone Interested 

Note carefully the subject mattei- on page 16 of this issue. It has to do with the 
new courses that are being offered by Ashland Seminary for those who cannot attend 
college at the present time or who want refresher courses. If interested, fill out the 
registration blank and send it in to the Ashland Seminary, Ashland, Ohio. 

("Home Study" is an extension service offered by Ashland Theological Seminary, 
a Graduate School of Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio.) M. A. Stuckey, Dean. 

(The National Sunday School Association of the Brethren Church, with Execu- 
tive offices at Ashland College, also offers other courses for Teacher-Training credit.) 



The Brethren Evangelist 



God's Appointments 



Dr. R. F. Porte 



Most people are quite willing to admit that God's 
appointments are particular but not general. They 
accept the accounts of God meeting certain persons, 
laying responsibilities on them and expecting these 
responsibilities to be cared for. 

Cain had an appointment with God after he had 
slain his brother. The first murder might well engage 
the interest and judgment of God and most people 
pass the incident with a casual sign of disapproval 
but with little personal concern. 

Moses had an appointment with God on Mount 
Horeb. This historic incident is also accepted as a 
mere point in history. 

Everyone hopes that God will have certain ap- 
pointments with men and women in these days so 
that great historic events may be turned to the good 
of the world. The amazing fact is that too many in- 
dividuals while admitting they are a part of the 
world order, do not consider themselves responsible 
for any changes in the world order. It is too com- 
mon to find many people assenting to many needed 
religious and social changes but without any per- 
sonal sense of God's call to them to have some defi- 
nite part in making these needed changes. Somebody 
else can carry the burden of the local church, the 
work of missions and even evangelism. We escape 
from our sense of God's appointments because we 
keep the glory of the spectacular before our eyes 
like the disciple on the mount of transfiguration who 
wanted to bask in the glory of the moment and for- 
get the need of the world. Many good people do this 
very same thing and miss the knowledge that God 
has called to them and continues to call them to a 
definite appointment. 

Is it not correct to say that none of those with 
whom God had special appointments were aware of 
God's particular interest in them? I can think of no 
one mentioned in the Bible as seeking an appoint- 
ment with God. The early Old Testament characters 
seem to either be totally unaware of God's appoint- 
ments or deliberately sought to avoid them. Like Saul 
of Tarsus, each of them were set on some particular 
personal way of action they had planned for them- 
selves. It was after God had presented himself to 
Adam and Cain and Moses and others that these 
persons realized God was calling them into consulta- 
tion. 

Just because we do not happen to be aware of the 
duty God wishes us to perform is no evidence that 
God does not have us in His thoughts. When Moses 
said, "I will turn aside and see this strange sight" 



(Ex. 3:3) did he become aware that God wished to 
have an appointment with him. Moses knew the con- 
dition of his people in Egypt but he avoided any re- 
sponsibility even to the making of excuses as to his 
personal ability just as people do today. Christian 
people see the world conditions now with war and 
hate, hunger and death. They see the empty pews 
of the churches and the few that attend prayer meet- 
ing. They know about crime among young and old 
and flagrant sin winked at by good people but like 
Moses, we busy ourselves tending our flocks and 
herds, stores and factories; veiy busy and God is 
calling to us from many a burning bush but many 
do not turn aside to hear God. What might have 
happened if Moses had lacked curiosity to investi- 
gate that burning bush? Well, it might have been 
with him like it is with many today, they say, "God 
has not called me." 

When this writer first began to consider this sub- 
ject' his mind dwelt on a familiar text in Romans 
14 :12, "So then every one of us shall give an account 
of himself to God." If you take the trouble to look at 
the context of this verse you will see that these words 
are the conclusion to an important message. Again 
I say that most of us are like the disciples on the 
mount of transfiguration, we are caught by the glory 
of the moment and lose sight of reality. We all ad- 
mit that many great people like missionaries and our 
favorite minister, each one of them had an appoint- 
ment with God and from God. We are aware of these 
great incidents in history but forget that the Bible 
refers to many unnamed people whom God was very 
familiar with and used mightily. The great reservoir 
needs some means of sending forth its store and so 
God uses His people as channels to send forth the 
evidences of His great love to every part of the 
world. This fact is made clear by the Master's com- 
mand, "Go, make disciples." 

There is another fact in this connection which 
should be mentioned and that is the fact that most 
people have some conception of a personal salvation. 
They believe that God will save His people and in 
an individual, personal way. Some perhaps, think 
of salvation as a mere gratuity, that is, God is bound 
to have individuals without any sense of personal 
attitude to the Person and plan that God has made 
for salvation. We may well disregard this idea as 
distorted human imagination. The real way of sal- 
vation, then, requires a personal appointment with 
God. The person has his his own needs to be dealt 
with by the Redeeming God. Personal spiritual re- 



January 29, 1944 



lations are the result of personal contacts with God 
and by God. The first appointment with God is be- 
coming acquainted with God and with His nature 
and requirements for those who intend to fellowship 
with Him. The fact of sin and estrangement from 
God is no trifling matter to the person that faces 
the future of life thoughtfully. It seems to establish 
a very definite need for an appointment with God 
and is, in fact, God's first and most important ap- 
pointment with every human soul. This appointment 
may be ignored but not escaped from. 

There is another step in the discovery of God's 
appointments. Rev. W. L. Collin makes this observa- 
tion, "The average Christian," he says, "can tell 
usually with close exactitude when he became a 
Christian. He will be able also to inform you as to 
how he became a Christian. But ask him as to why 
he became a Christian, and there he will hesitate. 
He desires to be informed." Isn't this exactly what 



Saul of Tarsus did when Christ revealed to Saul 
that he was persecuting God's Son when he perse- 
cuted the church? "Lord, what wilt thou have me to 
do?" God's appointri ents are never finished until the 
individual knows the exact assignment God wishes 
him to fulfill. The Christian or church member who 
stands idly by needs to be aware that the appoint- 
ment with God is not finished. God always completes 
what He starts to do. God is not through with any 
one of us until we render the final account to Him 
in Glory. If any reader of this article knows an idle 
church member or un-Christianized person let that 
person be made acquainted with the fact that God 
IS seeking an appointment with the person in order 
to place him in the assignment for which his life 
will make possible the welcome word "Well done, 
good and faithful servant." There is no glory with- 
out an appointment with God and from God. 

Warsaw, Indiana. 



Fair Weather Christians 



Rev. Peter Pontius 



Many times we hear people use the term "fair 
weather Christian" applying it to some church mem- 
ber. The question then arises, Is there such a being 
as a fair weather Christian? If there is, is there a 
reason or cause for such a being? 

In this world today, we hear of how much work 
there is to be done, and we must all be on the job. 
So in the church there is much to be done, as souls 
are passing out without Christ as their pilot. 

We go to God's Word and see if it gives us any 
excuse to wait for fair weather to do the work He 
has given us to do. 

We go first to Genesis 8 :22. The Lord says, "While 
the earth remaineth there will be seed time and 
harvest." So here is work physical. 

In St. John 4:34, Christ speaking, says, "Say not 
yet there are four months, and then cometh harvest ! 
behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes and look on 
the fields, for they are white already to harvest." 
There is a spiritual work. 

The aviator, while not always a fair weather flier, 
always has an 0. K. from his meteorologist befoi'e 
taking off on any important work. 

The farmer consults the weather chart and plans 
for his work and harvest. He needs fair weather for 
his work, yet he is by no means a fair weather far- 
mer. He has work that he can do at times when the 
rains keep him from tilling the soil. 

Yes, seed time and harvest for the farmer, fair 
weather is needed. If fair weather is needed in the 
physical life, may not also conditions exist in the 
church or spiritual life? As there is an urge and 
necessity in the natural life of a person, there is a 



great urge and necessity in the church or spiritual 
things. Yes, often some one stays away from church 
because the weather is bad. 

You may say I am getting away from the subject. 
We have fair weather Christians in the church. They 
are those who come and work when all goes to suit 
them. 

But so many are kept at home because of small 
clouds in the church. There may not be a storm, but 
a small cloud keeps many away. Some of these clouds 
may be summed up in a few statements, namely, 
first a little ruffle in the church or Bible school 
class ; second, perhaps the pastor did not shake their 
hand. Is this the pastor's or church's loss? No, it is 
the individual's great spiritual loss. Third, Brother 
A. runs the church or class; fourth, some member 
made fun of my clothes or my clothes are not good 
enough; fifth, the church is always asking for money. 

You may say these are not clouds. Perhaps not 
real clouds, but imaginary clouds that blind many 
a soul. They are imaginary clouds or excuses, for as 
we look at all these people we find them at other 
places, not thinking anything about it if the leader 
did not shake hands. Not staying away if there is a 
little trouble in the organization, or do not think 
about their clothes. They do not stay away on ac- 
count of money. They are all excuses or clouds that 
many times damn their very souls. 

The money cloud is about the darkest cloud to 
many. How often we hear, "All they want is money." 
Yes, the church needs money, but these people who 
use that as an excuse are the ones who put nothing 



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or perhaps a penny or a thin dime in the offering 
when they happen to be at the services. 

Then there are those who are offended because the 
preacher or some of the members did not shake 
hands or speak to them. They, as we see so many 
times, rushed out and were gone before anyone had 
a chance to speak to them. 

These imaginary clouds or storms keep more peo- 
ple away from God's House than the real rain or 
storm from the clouds that God has given to bring 
rain to the earth. 

Enough for the clouds or alibi. Let us see if we 
have a real excuse for absenting ourselves from the 
House of God. 

Yes, perhaps it rained or there was too much 
snow or ice to permit some one going. Then it was 
too cold for some one to go. In these there are some 
things to consider. Did these people go somewhere? 
else? No. There are reasonable excuses. The young 
and strong may face the weather conditions and go 



to the House of God. God's Word teaches us to care 
for the body as it is the temple of God and the Spirit 
of God dwelleth in us. Oh, yes, you say, the pastor 
and many other folks were there. Perhaps the par- 
sonage is near the church and we are sure sometimes 
the pastor and members have a reasonable excuse 
for absenting themselves from the house of worship, 
because of icy condition of the streets. They are en- 
dangering their health and bodies in making long 
ti'ips to church over icy streets. 

Then there is the invalid and aged person who 
naturally must consider weather conditions. 

Now we have given a little thought to many ex- 
cuses. The one thing we want to be sure of is that 
the excuse is one acceptable with our Father who 
cares for us. As a remedy it is difficult to prescribe, 
but one thing is certain that the majority of fair 
weather Christians need come closer to God for their 
heart is not on the things of the Spirit, but of the 
world. — Elkhart, Indiana. 




The 

Business 

Manager's 

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Publication Day Offerings 

should be sent to The Brethren Publishing Company, Ash- 
land, Ohio. And we hope you will all make your offering in 
the spirit of prayer, with a sense of the great need, after 
having read previous numbers of The Evangelist and other 
printed matter sent out. We need an offering very much 
larger than has ever been received before. If you have not 
yet doubled your offering, try to do so. In addition to the 
money needed to make payments on the debt, we need a 
new automatoic job press and a new paper cutter, as we 
have said in previous statements. It is your printing plant, 
set for the service of the church, and we are asking you — 
the members of the church — to make it efficient. There are 
opportunities ahead, if we have the vision to prepare our- 
selves to seize them when they unfold before us. 

Evangelist Subscriptions 

are coming in rapidly now — both new and renewals. Keep 
them coming. We ought to have many more "100 Per Cent 
Churches." And where you have not the courage to undertake 
the "100 Per Cent Goal," just keep right on doing your level 
best to increase your subscriptions and you will help out the 
cause. The Business Manager visited the Oakville, Indiana, 
congregation on Sunday, January 23, preached for them and 
took a goodly number of subscriptions to The Evangelist, 
though they have just sent in a long list the week before. 
They tell me that more will likely be forthcoming. Their 



loyal attitude and fine response were most encouraging. May 
God provide the right man soon to shepherd that flock. 

Need More Quarterlies? 

We still have some to take care of your late orders. We 
suggest that you order an additional supply to meet your 
needs late in the quarter. It is poor policy for a Sunday 
school to allow itself to get so economical that it runs out 
of quarterlies during the last month of each quarter. You 
had better have a few left over than have a few short and 
cause some folks to be embarrassed. Better be considerate of 
people than of the few cents the extra quarterlies cost. 

Books! Bibles! Supplies! 

Order them early, and if they can be gotten, we will get 
them for you, as cheaply as you can get them for yourself. 
But times are not normal and some of the companies are 
two and three weeks behind in their orders. Some books are 
out of print and cannot be reprinted now due to the scarcity 
of paper. But there are many good books that can be secured, 
and you ought not to stop feeding your mind with good 
thoughts as long as books can be gotten. Some Bibles can 
be gotten and some cannot. Tell us what you want and 
we will do our best to supply you. There are many good 
Sunday school booklets, maps and other supplies that are still 
available. The stock in these lines is larger than in the regu- 
lar book and Bible lines. 

Don't Be Stingy 

Order what you need, and every officer ought to be in- 
formed as to the needs of his school. Neither ignorance nor 
a pinching economy can excuse one for allowing his school 
to worry along without the equipment and supplies neces- 
sary to efficiency. Look over your school, and if you discover 
some new needs, send us your order. 

"Stop, Look, Listen," is a commanding sign for which rail- 
roads gave a great sum to warn against death. Ignoring it, 
many a motorist has paid the penalty with his life. Jesus 
Christ, "Who would have all men to be saved," warns us to 
face the facts as to our eternal destiny, and hearken to the 
saving message of the cross He has erected for our salvation. 
Rejecting "the knowledge of the truth," we imperil our eter- 
nal happiness. 



January 29, 1944 




Distinctive Brethren Doctrines 
and Practices 

By Rev. Dyoll Belote 




THE EUCHARIST 

(Having discussed tlie first two of the three component 
parts of the Communion service, viz., Feetwashing and The 
Agapae or Love-Feast, we come to the consideration of the 
last of the three. The Eucharist— D. B.) 



The Eucharist, or The Cup and Loaf 

While most denominations recognize and practice the ob- 
servance of this part of the Communion service, yet contro- 
versies have arisen at intervals among Christian bodies as to 
the proper interpretation of the meaning and purpose of this 
ordinance. Because Brethren have no questions among them 
as to the need of the observance of this ordinance, we shall 
not raise any questions, but accepting the Gospel on this 
point as well as those heretofore discussed we proceed to a 
study of the lessons and blessings contained in this service 
for the devout worshipper. 

Old Testament Types Fulfilled in Christ 

All the blood sacrifices of the Old Testament regime found 
their fulfillment in the atoning work of Jesus, which climaxed 
in His death on the cross. Several of these are especially re- 
ferred to as types. Paul makes mention of the Passover 
when he writes in I Cor. 5:7, 8: "For our passover also hath 
been sacrificed, even Christ." As the blood of a lamb, a spot- 
less lamb of the first year, was used to sprinkle the door- 
posts of the houses of the Hebrew people in Egypt as a sign 
to the death angel to "pass over" houses so marked, so, 
likewise Christ is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of 
the world," and "in whom we have our redemption, through 
His blood." The "bread which we break" and which is "a 
communion of the body of Christ," and the "cup of the new 
covenant" and which is "a communion of the blood of Christ," 
are the memorial of the broken body and (shed) atoning 
blood of Christ, visible proofs of the "all out" sacrifice whidi 
He made to purchase our redemption from our slavery to sin 
and Satan. 

There is another symbol found in the Tabernacle which 
pointed forward to Christ. Li the ark there was kept a pot of 
manna as a memorial of the "bread from heaven" which God- 
gave to the Israelites in their wilderness wanderings. Christ, 
Himself declared this manna to be a type of Himself, as he 
said: "Your fathers ate manna in the wilderness and they 
died. This is the bread which cometh down out of heaven, 
that a man may eat thereof and not die. I am the living 
bread which came down out of heaven: if any man eat of 
this bread he shall live forever." (John 6:49-51.) It would 
seem that Jesus attached vital meaning to partaking of this 
"bread from heaven," if the eating thereof assures eternal 
life. And if that be true, then the converse is also vital — 
failure to eat this "bread from heaven" means lack of right 
to claim the possession of life eternal. 



The Eucharist was Instituted Immediately Following the 
Love Feast 

It was following the washing of the Apostles' feet and the 
eating with them of the Agapae, that he instituted the 
Eucharist, or Communion of the Loaf and the Cup. The ac- 
counts of the institution of this part of the communion ser- 
vice are found in Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19, 
20; 1 Cor. 11:23-27. Any argument seeking to sepai'ate the 
Feet Washing and the Agapae from the Eucharist falls short 
in face of the fact that it was while Christ was still at the 
table where He had eaten the "Love meal" with His beloved 
disciples that he instituted the Eucharist. There can be no 
reasoning offered as excuse for separating the three parts 
of this three-fold observance, and obey the request of the one 
whom men call Lord and Master in the case of one while ig- 
noring the other two. It was the same Lord who ordained all 
three, and His very character precludes the possibility or 
probability that He would couple a most solemn and sacred 
act with others only ordinary and common in character, and 
lacking commensurate meaning and dignity. 

The Meaning of the Eucharist 

Every Christian sacrament bears a symbolic teaching and 
was instituted to teach a spiritual lesson. And most certainly 
was this true in the case of the Eucharist. And it is to the 
everlasting credit of all denominations that while they may 
have discarded the first two of the concomitant parts of the 
communion service, they have retained the Eucharist, be- 
cause of the richness of its meaning and the vitality of the 
truths taught. 

1. A Memorial of Atonement 

The bread and wine of the eucharistic service constitute a 
memorial of the Saviour's atoning work. On the cross Christ 
died for our sins, and only thus could our sins be atoned for, 
for "without the shedding of blood there is no remission of 
sin." At the time of the institution of the service Jesus de- 
clared "This is my body, which is given for you: . . ."; also of 
the cup He said, "This cup is the new testament in my blood," 
and of both He declared "For as often as ye eat this bread 
and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come." 
All the sacrificial adjuncts of the Old Testament worship 
pointed forward to Christ's atonement, but of them all the 
Passover Lamb stands as the most conspicuous example. In 
his letter to the Corinthian church Paul makes specific inen- 
tion of the connection between this Old Testament type and 
the Christ, when he writes: "Our passover also hath been 
sacrificed even Christ." And it is the memory of this su- 
preme sacrifice which our Lord made for us that arouses 
the better, finer sensibilities within us and makes them to 
become the dominant characteristic of our lives. Thus we 
become "conformed to His image" and become sacrificially 
minded like Him. 

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The 1943 Educational Day Offering 



THE 1943 EDUCATIONAL DAY OFFERING 

Three partial reports of the Educational Day offerings 
have already appeared this year in the columns of The Evan- 
gelist. Educational Day' was set for May 16, 1943 and a con- 
siderable portion of the offerings came in during May, June 
and July, but some kept coming throughout the rest of the 
year, depending upon local conditions. Now, after the close of 
the calendar year, 1943, it seems that very little of the offer- 
ings would be outstanding. Therefore, the following report 
is submitted as the final report for 1943. 

Our goal was Sfl.OO per member. We have received about 
33 cents per member and this is much better than in former 
years. Yet, it is only one-third of the way to the goal. The 
gain shows substantial progress but in these days of difficulty 
for the denominational college, we should make a very spe- 
cial eifort to reach the goal. Yet there is an encouraging 
side to the offering because the total amount received is the 
highest since the year of the Bi-Centenary campaign. 

Southeastern Dstrict 

Bethlehem, Harrisonburg, Va 59.00 

Cumberland, Maryland 10.53 

Hagerstown, Maryland $ 265.50 

10.00 

27.00 

6.50 

8.00 

36.00 



Lost Creek, Kentucky 

Mt. Olive, Va 

Oak Hill, W. Va 

St. James, Maryland . 
Washington, D. C. . . . 



Total Southeastern District $ 422.53 

Pennsylvania District 

Berlin % 101.50 

Brush Valley 

Calvary 

Cameron, W. Va 

Conemaugh 

Highland 

Johnstown First 

Johnstown Second 

Johnstown Third 

Masontown 

Meyersdale 

Mt. Olivet 

Mt. Pleasant 

New Kensington 



13.84 

8.00 

9.20 

5.00 

16.50 

23.00 

28.95 

52.82 

40.00 

81.00 

14.00 

13.18 

7.50 

Pittsburgh 100.7''. 

uniontown 19.00 

Vandergrift 8.25 

Vinco 68.81 

Waynesboro 73.00 

White Dale 28.41 



.$ 712.69 



Total Pennsylvania District 

Ohio District 

Ashland $ 299.75 

Bryan 1:17.00 

Canton 104.50 

Dayton 139.00 

36.50 

24.75 

18.45 

75.00 

10.00 



Fair Haven 

Glenf ord 

Gratis 

Gretna 

Homerville 

Louisville 158.00 



Mansfield 7.00 

Mt. Zion 23.00 

New Lebanon 94.00 

N. Georgetowm 7.27 

Pleasant Hill 52.25 

Rittman 35.25 

Smithville 192.50 

Washington C. H 8.00 

W. Ale.xandria 22.00 

Williamstown 41.73 



Total Ohio District $1546.15 



Indiana District 



Ardmore . 
Burlington 
Cambria . . 
Corinth . . . 
Denver . . . 



$ 100.00 

28.60 

5.25 

22.92 

20.25 

Elkhart 200.00 

Flora 15.25 

Goshen 27.85 

Huntington 10.00 

Loree 65.88 

Mexico 9.90 

Muncie 59.11 

Nappanee 155.00 

N. Liberty 55.76 

N. Manchester 300.00 

Oakville 35.58 

Peru 21.85 

Roann 52.93 

Roanoke 10.00 

South Bend 406.26 

Tiosa 20.82 

Warsaw 94.45 



Total Indiana District 

Central District 



.$1,717.66 



Cerro Gordo, 111. 
Lanark, 111 .... 



$ 49.25 

60.75 

Milledgeville, 111 151.22 



Udell, Iowa . . . 
Waterloo, Iowa 



11.00 
52.05 



Total Central District $ 324.37 



Mid- West District 



Carleton, Nebr. . 
Falls City, Nebr. 
Ft. Scott, Kans. . 
Morrill, Kans. . . 
Mulvane, Kans. . 
Portis, Kans. . . . 



3 
35 

5, 
6 

5, 
1, 



,25 
,00 
00 
,00 
,0C 
00 



Total Midwest District $ 55, 

Northern California District 



25 



Lathrop $ 22.33 \ 

Ventura 10.00 



Total Northern California District $ 32.33 

Not accredited to any Church or district $ 28.50 



GRAND TOTAL $4,839.38 



Januaiy 29, 1944 



We can yet reach 55,000.00 or better if churches which 
have not sent in offerings would do so now. The abo.'e 
amount will not coincide with the annual college report be- 
cause the fiscal and calendar years do not coincide. 

The number of churches not reporting and the member- 
ship are shown by districts: 

Southeastern — 5 Churches with 910 Members 

Pennsylvania — 3 Churches with 176 Members 

Ohio — 2 Churches with 187 Members 

Indiana — 11 Churches with 1000 Members 

Central — Churches wth Members 

■Midwest — 1 Church with 86 Members 

Northern California — 3 Churches with 297 Members 

Total— 25 Churches with 2,656 Members. 

It is very doubtful that a 100% report from all churches 
has ever been reported, but it is a goal toward which we 
should constantly strive in all of our church activities. In- 
terest in our educational institution is enhanced by giving 
and it is hoped that a 1009c report may be obtainend during 
the present year. The report is labeled "final," but there is 
no reason why an additional report can not be made if any 
of the Churches not reporting should send in their offerings 
before the new educational offering date is announced. 

We want to express our thanks and appreciation to all 
Churches for the gifts and for the substantial increase in 
educational day offerings over former years. We want to 
especially thank those Churches that have adopted the budget 
plan for giving to our educational interests and to tho>;e 
Churches that have reached, or nearly reached, the goal of 
$1.00 per member. The increased offerings will be a substan- 
tial aid to our finances this year. The Brethren Church owns 
and controls a plant and equipment worth nearly one million 
dollars with not more than $30,000.00 indebtedness. It is a 
heritage which base come down to us and it is our responsi- 
bility to preserve it as intact as possible. With an average 
of $1.00 per year per member for Educational Day offerings, 
we could meet the annual deficit incurred during lean years 
and in a few, a very few, years we could wipe out our pres>'nt 
indebtedness and use the entire income from the Operating 
Resei-ve Campaign for endowment. We certainly ought to do 
it and we can do it if as a Church we will to do so. 

E. G. Mason, President. 

National Sunday School Association 
Missionary Information 

Conducted by Chester E. Zimmerman 
Missionary Education Director 

AS IT HAPPENED THROUGH THE YEARS 

1816 — The American Bible Society began, November 16, to 
issue from the press an edition of 10,000 copies of the Bible. 

1818 — The Society printed its first Scriptures for the In- 
dians — the Epistles of John in the Delaware language. 

1820 — The Society had distributed the Scriptures in nine 
languages — English, Delaware, Dutch, French, Gaelic, Ger- 
man, Mohawk, Spanish, Welsh. 

1822— The first Bible House— 115 Nassau Street— was ded- 
icated. A grant of $1,000 to the Serampore missionaries in 
India initiated the work in Asia. 

1829 — The Society undertook the first of four campaigns 
to supply a Bible in every destitute home in the United 
States. 

1833 — Work was begun in China with a grant of $3,000 for 
Dr. Robert Morrison's work. 



1835 — The Society began its service to the blind. 

1836 — The first permanent Foreign Agency was established 
— in Constantinople. 

1843 — The Society enrolled its first Annuitant. The first 
issue of the "Bible Society Record" appeared in November, 
containing "Extracts from Correspondence" issued since 1818. 

1850 — The Society had printed the Scriptures in 26 lan- 
guages, and distributed them in 33 more — a total of 59. 

1861-65— There were issued in the United States 5,297,832 
volumes of Scripture, most of which were New Testaments 
for soldiers fighting on both sides of the Civil War. 

1864 — Tre first permanent Agency in South America was 
established at Montevideo. 

1866 — In its first fifty years the Society had distributed 
21,409,996 volumes. 

1876 — Agencies were established in China, Japan, and Bra- 
zil. 

1891 — At the end of its first seventy-five years the Society 
had distributed 55,531,908 volumes. 

1900 — The Society had published the Scriptures in 79 lan- 
guages, distributed them in 53 more — total 132. 

1901 — The Agency among the Colored People was estab- 
lished. 

1916 — The Society celebrated its Centennial in New York 
and Washington. In one hundred years it had distributed 
123,292,359 copies of the Scriptures. 

1917-18 — The Society supplied 4,451,455 volumes of Scrip- 
tures to the soldiers and sailors enlisted for the first Worlo 
War. 

1923 — The Society's one-cent Scripture portions first ap 
peared. 

1931 The price of Scriptures for the blind was reduced 
to 25 cents a volume. 

1935 — The Society sponsored the commemoration of four 
hundred years of the printed English Bible. 

1938 — The Society celebrated the translation of some part 
of the Bible in 1,000 languages by the publication of "The 
Book of a Thousand Tongues." 

1940— The Society undertook to raise $150,000 above the 
budget for supplying Scriptures to war prisoners, refugees, 
and other sufferers of the second World War, to aid the 
European Bible Societies in their work curtailed by the hos- 
tilities, and to furnish enlisted men in our own Army, Navy, 
and Air Force with Scriptures. 

1941 — The Society had, in one hundred and twenty-five 
years, distributed 305,599,217 copies of the Scriptures in 254 
languages and in more than forty countries, and, in the words 
of President John T. Manson, "had just begun." 

1943 — The Society moves onward in its task. 



The preacher has a good time. If his hair is gray, he is 
old. If he is a young man, he hasn't had experience. If he 
has ten children, he has too many; if he has none, he isn't 
setting a good example. If his wife sings in the choir, she is 
presuming; if she doesn't she isn't interested in her hus- 
band's work. If a preacher reads from notes, he is a bore; 
if he speaks extemporaneously, he isn't deep enough. If he 
stays at home in his study, he doesn't mix enough with the 
people; if he is seen around the streets, he ought to be home 
getting up a good sermon. If he calls on some poor family, he 
is playing to the grandstand; if he calls at the home of 
wealthy, he is an aristocrat. Whatever he does, someone 
could have told him to do better. — The Churchman. 



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DR, W. I. DUKER 
President 



DEAN M. A STUCKEY 
Treasurer 




'Tr.J^ijint? lhe> 



i.ihaizorCLT J b,3VC commanded you.' 



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REV. E. L. MILLER 
Vice President 



REV N. V. LEATHERMAN 
Gcnorjl Sccretjry 



PR L E LIKDOWER. Educational Director 



GENERAL TEACHING RESULTS Rev. N, v. leatHerman 



Among others there are four particular things our Lord 
emphasized in the Great Commission. 1. The teacher. 2. The 
material. 3. The pupil. 4. The result. Jesus was addressing 
his disciples as teachers: "Go ye therefore and teach." He told 
them what to teach; "Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you." He told them who to 
teach: "All people." Fui-thermore he told them something of 
the result they were to expect and receive: "Baptizing them 
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost." 

We write briefly here concerning the results. Some teach- 
ing is void of results because none are expected. There are 
times when we may have faith in the teaching program and in 
the materials, and if the pupil listens well or makes no appar- 
ent disturbance we are satisfied and forget about results. 
Sometimes we discuss our responsibility in getting results, 
saying, we leave that matter with the Lord. But the Lord 
is expecting those results many times from us. He has no 
hands for expression here; but our hands. He has no feet 
but our feet. He has no tongue but our tongue. He has no 
church but our church, through which he expresses himself 
to those who come to our church. He gets no signature on 
the dotted line but those his Christian salesmen secure for 
him. Preposterous! No! If we have been kidding ourselves 
otherwise, we are the preposterous ones. Read Paul to the 
Romans again, (Rom. 10:13-15) "For whosoever shall call 
upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall 
they call on him in whom they have not heard? and how 
shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they 
preach, except they be sent?" Did you ever observe the ten- 
dency of human nature to become strangely mystical regard- 
ing our own individual responsibilities ? Paul in this scrip- 
ture reveals how intensely practical an honest Christian will 
deal with himself regarding the appointments of the Lord. 

We remember an occasion at one of our conferences when 
the speaker of the evening had to conclude in time to meet 
a train. He really got up steam. He was one of those fel- 
lows who thought all we needed to do was "Preach the Word" 
and God will bring the result. He was right, but wrongfully 
thereby dismissed his personal responsibility in letting the 
Holy Spirit express His power through him. Another pastor 



remarked after the occasion, "It would be good for this 
preacher, if he had to meet a train every time he preached." 
There are four things we point out in getting results. 

1. The teacher must be a Christian realist. We hear a lot 
about realists these days. Many of our professed realists are 
far from being Christian realists. By Christian realists we 
mean those who have formed the habit of discovering the 
facts of revelation, and yielding their lives to those facts. 
There are facts of revelation, more surely than those men 
discover of their own accord in the world about them. The 
Christian realist does not waste his time experimenting with 
human guesses; but by faith takes God at his Word, pro- 
ceeds along the line of what God reveals, and by faith seeks 
to develop those realities, first in himself and then in others, 
until those facts become knowledge to him, and those whom 
he teaches. That is getting results. Paul said, "I know." John 
the beloved disciple appealed to the knowledge of the early 
church. They were Christian realists. That was getting re- 
sults. Why should Christians be ignorant of the primary 
things of life ? Why should Christians be dumb, concerning 
the essentials of eternity ? We are familiar with the erpres- 
sion: "No one teaches until some one is taught." No one 
teaches until some one knows. No disciple gets the result 
appointed by our Lord in the Great Commission until some 
one is baptized, and then enters into the whole program of 
the Lord's commandments. 

2. The Christian teacher to get results must know what 
the Lord wants. We develop our aims for teaching. One ex- 
pression of aim developed through years of study and teach- 
ing Sunday School teachers is stated: We take the pupil as 
he is, and aim to so teach him, by directing him in knowledge, 
in attitude, and in conduct, that he might be what he ought 
to be in Christ Jesus, a saved and gracious servant. Such an 
aim looks the whole field of adjustments over, rejects and 
chooses until life is simplified in Christ. To do this the teach- 
er should know what the Bible teaches about the world and 
worldliness; about the good of heaven and the tragedies of 
hell; about the separation of evil and gathering of righteous- 
ness; about the Lord's way of redemption, and condemnation 
of the faithless; about his means of grace and grovrth, and 
the dwarfing of sin; about the culture of Christian virtues, 



January 29, 1944 



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and elimination of the merely human. Not only the teacher 
but the pupils as well must know what the teacher is driving 
at before results can be attained. 

3. Another point of wisdom for every Christian teacher in 
getting results, is the proper discernment in urging the pupil 
to the concluding point. We doubt not but what more failures 
are made due to a lack of proper focus upon the objective 
and a lack of real urging than upon undue urging. Neverthe- 
less we see the possibility of the latter. There is a time to 
stop and pray. Brakes are as essential as engines in our 
autos. The same is true in this urging business. There is a 
time to "Let go, and Let God." That is not release stimu- 
lated by laziness; but by spiritual wisdom. The gentleman 
somehow knows when his lady-fair is sold before he pro- 
poses. Otherwise there would be too many failures for the 
culture of happy homes. Cannot the teacher likewise have 
that discerning wisdom by the Spirit of God, to hold out the 
contract, already signed by the blood from Calvary, for the 
pupil's signature, that makes the contract, the New Testa- 
ment, his. 

The fourth point in getting results is the encouragement 
that comes from the Lord. Take for instance his conclusion 
of this Great Commission: "And, lo, I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the world. Amen." That pushes all de- 
featism into the limbo and developes humble dependence upon 
the full cooperation of the Lord Himself. The Lord said, "I 
will build MY CHURCH." Remember it is His Church, His 
building. He said, "The gates of hell shall not prevail against 
it." That does not mean we can comfortably close our eyes 
and be blind to the fact that if we are careless our churches 
may not be spued out of his mouth. But where his church is 
HIS CHURCH, even the unseen world of death, by martyr- 
dom, persecution, or otherwise, faith is faith, life is life, and 
nothing can make it otherwise than a contact with God 
through Jesus Christ. So be it. Paul in 1 Thess. 2:19 in- 
forms us of the joy in getting results as teachers. "For what 
is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye 
in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?" 
Paul asks us to cast our eyes over there and rejoice now 
in the results we have a right to anticipate from our intake 
here. 

Let us therefore all be more zealous in our Christian teach- 
ing, knowing we have a definite responsibility in getting re- 
sults as workers together with the Lord. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Outlines 



Lesson 53 
Subject: Samuel 

1. Samuel had a godly mother. He was born in answer to 
her prayers. He was dedicated to the Lord before he was 
born. 1 Samuel 1:9-11; 2 Samuel 1:20. 

2. When Samuel was very young he was taken to the house 
of the Lord to be trained by the priest. His mother was 
miles away from him, but she had him continuously in mind. 
Each year her unfailing love led her to make him a little 
coat and take it to him. Every year she had to make it wider 
and longer. Only true mothers can know of the yearning and 
love that went into the stitches of that little coat. It is com- 
forting to know that the Lord gave Hannah other children 



in place of little Samuel whom she had "given to the Lord 
all the days of Ms life." 1 Samuel 1:24-28; 1 Samuel 2:18-19. 

3. Samuel had a remarkable boyhood. He ministered before 
the Lord while yet a child. He had a most wonderful call to 
religious service. 1 Samuel 3:1-17. 

4. As Samuel grew to manhood he received special revela- 
tions from the Lord, so that all the people knew that Samuel 
was established to be a prophet. 1 Samuel 3:19-21. 

i> Like Moses, there was a considerable period of his life 
about which we know nothing. After the death of Eli he be- 
came judge of Israel. The Philistines had stolen the ark of 
the Lord, but it became a curse to them. So they sent it 
back to Israel. Samuel called the people together and urged 
them to repent of their idolatry and return to the Lord. 1 
Samuel 7:3-6. 

6. Hearing that the Israelites were in assembly, the Phil- 
istines gathered together for war. The Israelites were fright- 
ened. Samuel prayed and offered a sacrifice. A gi-eat thunder- 
storm terrified the enemies of Israel and led to their defeat. 
1 Samuel 7:7, 8; 1 Samuel 7:10-11. 

7. In his older years Samuel made his sons judges over 
Israel. But, like Eli's sons, they were not righteous men. 
Their utter wickedness gave Israel an excuse to demand a 
king. 1 Samuel 8:1-6. 

8. Israel's demand for a king, was really a rejection of 
the Lord. Samuel tried to tell them how a king would op- 
press them, but they would not listen to him. 1 Samuel 8:7; 
1 Samuel 8:18-22. 

9. At the command of the Lord Samuel anointed Saul to 
be the first king of Israel. 1 Samuel 10:1. 

10. Saul failed in his great office, and Samuel lived to 
anoint David king of Israel. Samuel established the first 
school of the prophets. He died, mourned by all Israel. 1 
Samuel 1.5:26; 1 Samuel 16:13; 1 Samuel 19:20; 1 Samuel 
25:1. 



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PRAY YOURSELF 

Ever notice the number of parents 

Of the boys in the fight "over there," 
Who are absent from church on the Sabbath, 

While others are kneeling in prayer? 
Praying that God in His goodness 

Will keep the lads safe from all harm. 
And soon bring them back victorious 

To a world free from fear and alarm. 
Yet they feel — these Dads and these Mothers, ' " . 

God should spare their Jim or their Joe, 
He should shower them with rich blessings. 

No sorrow or grief let them know. 
But foolish, foolish parents — 

This was not our good Lord's plan — 
He put us here upon this earth 

To help our fellowman. 
And He'll not always pour out the blessings 

If we give not in return 
Some portion of our talents 

That other souls might learn 
So get that Church-attending habit — 

It takes so little of our time; 
And instead of reading Sunday papers. 

Well — just give the Lord that dime. 
If you really want your boys back home 

Get your Bible off the shelf — 
Go to Church next Sunday morning, 

Commune with God and . . . pray yourself. 

A Subscriber. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Toploi eovrnghMj br the iQtematiOD&l Society of CbrljitlaD EudeavoT. 
Used b7 permljisloEL" 



Topic for January 30, 1944 

"GREAT LEADERS OF OUR CHURCH" 

Scripture: 1 Tim. 6:11-16 

For The Leader 

In this day when it would seem that real leadership, hu- 
manly speaking, is sadly lacking, we do well to turn to the 
scriptures and learn just what makes a Church leader. We 
know pretty well that our churches are strong only as the 
leaders are strong. History shows us that when a church 
has a good leader, that that church is united and strong. 
It also shows that when leadership is weak, that troubles 
begin. 

Today we should pray for strong leaders in our Church. 
We should pray for a vision of purpose and effort. As young 
people we should study the things which make for good 
leaders, and be leaders ourselves. God will use everyone who 
wants to be used. If not as a leader, then as a follower. We 
are just beginning to be of service to the Church. As we finish 
High School, go on to college, and then out into service, we 
can be Church workers for our Master and Lord. This is our 
task. We must dedicate ourselves to it today. 

DISCUSSION 

1. WHAT IS A CHURCH LEADER? We could define a 
church leader as a "messenger of God to man." Certainly 
church leaders must be men and women who are on speaking 
terms with God. They must be dedicated to God and His 
service. In this sense, if we fit these terms, we are all leaders 
of the Church. Some are perhaps more outstanding than 
others, but all are leaders. How important then, that we 
strive always to live aS He would have us live. For we are 
living for Him and His Church. 

The consecrated Church leaders are those who are sound 
in doctrine and faith, and who love God with all their heart. 
A "Church leader" is not always a person whose leading puts 
them in important places in the Church. Do we think of that 
great multitude of sincere Christians who pray, work and 
attend Church faithfully, yet who never get their names in 
print? They are perhaps the more important of church lead- 
ers. Some may serve on the mountain tops and others in the 
hidden valley, but wherever called to serve, the Lord re- 
members those who are faithful. 

2. BEING A CHURCH LEADER. Paul is writing to a 
young minister in our scriptural passage. Youth can always 
take counsel from older ones. It is a tragic day for any young 
person when they get too big to take the sound advice of older 
people. Older ones have been over the rough roads and can 
give us a lot of help in this business of living. So it was 
with Paul and Timothy. Paul, the older, Timothy, the younger. 
Paul warns Timothy to watch out for temptation and snares 
of the devil, to steer clear of foolish and hurtful lusts, for 
they drown men in destruction and perdition. He warns us to 
avoid the love of money, it being the root of all evil, for it 
brings sorrow. And he says the best way to avoid all these 
things is to "flee them." If we are running away from sins, 
with our back to them, they will not bother us. 

Also, on the positive side, in being a church leader, we are 
to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, 
and meeknees. Further we are to fight the good fight of faith, 
and look to things eternal. This may seem like a pretty big 
order, yet it is one which will bring victory to our lives. Let 



us flee evil, follow righteousness, and fight the Christian 
fight, for the victory of eternal life. With the help of Christ 
we can become a leader of our Church through the pursuit 
of the things which are ours to do. 

3. BECOMING A CHURCH LEADER. As young people we 
are just beginning on our years of church responsibility. All 
Church leaders were once young people like ourselves. What 
are we going to do with the fine churches and ministry which 
will soon be ours to govern and support? Literally we are 
heirs about to receive an inheritance for which other people 
have sacrificed and labored. We must take care of it, for the 
Church is precious. Thus we must become the leaders, and 
we must be good ones. 

We must always strive to be better leaders, As St. Augus- 
tine puts it, it is well said, "Be always displeased with what 
thou art, if thou desirest to attain to what thou art not; 
for where thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidest. But 
if thou sayest I have enough, thou perishest. Always walk. 
Always add, always proceed. Neither stand still, nor go back, 
nor waver from side to side." As another has put it, "Be 
content with what thou hast, never with what thou art." 
Which all adds up to this, "That if we want to be better 
Church leaders and workers, we must always strive, by the 
grace of Christ, to overcome temptation, ease of heart and 
plain laziness." We must ever desire to please our Lord in 
what we do. 

4. LIVING HEAVENLY AS A CHURCH LEADER. Per- 
haps the best way to solve the problems of becoming church 
leaders is to sum it up by "living heavenly." Bear in mind 
that as Christians, our citizenship is in heaven. The only 
heaven that earth possesses is what we live in our lives. 
For us, heaven has already begun. In living heavenly, natur- 
ally \\e will look to Christ for the necessary strength and 
help. Thus our lives will show that we are a part of a heaven- 
ly work, namely the ministry of the Church. Live as we 
would live in heaven and we will be valuable as a messenger 
of God to man on earth. 

5. THE GREAT CHURCH LEADER'S GOD. Paul gives 
us some fine comments on the kind of a God which the great 
church leader has. His God is eternal. He is ever present to 
help the one who is working for Him. Christ, the Son, is the 
church leader's substitution for sin. His God is almighty 
and all-powerful. No one can think of a better kind of a 
God. No one would want a better kind of a "boss." Thus, 
young people, we must answer the questions in our own mind 
concerning how much we want to serve Him. He offers every- 
thing to us to help us in life. We owe to Him our life, our 
all, our heart. The names by which we are known here on 
earth may never be blazed across the country, but remem- 
ber that heaven offers a reward for service which shall 
write our name eternally in the skies. The Church needs 
great leaders. We young people are the vessels which will 
shortly be polished bright to be used in the service of Christ. 
Are we ^\^lling to be used? 

QUESTIONS 

1. What can we do about the shortage of ministers and 
missionaries today ? 

2. How can we feel that God has definitely called us, or 
not called us, to full time Christian work? 

3. How important is the job we now hold in our Church 
or Sunday school ? 

ON THIS TOPIC, LEADERS 
Have your minister prepare a short talk on the great lead- 
ers of our own denomination, and your own local Church. \ 
He knows, so ask him to tell you. 

BIBLE QUIZ 
Remember last weeks' comment about a new kind of Bible ; 
Quiz. Have you started yours yet? It's lots of fun, and lots 
of help, too. 



January 29, 1944 



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LARSEN-FISHBACK— In the First Brethren Church of 
Manteca, California, on November 26, 1943, I joined in mar- 
riage Robert Woodrow Larsen and Laberta Alice Fishback, 
both of Manteca and both members of the Manteca Breth- 
ren Church. 

A large number of the friends of the young people were 
present at the church when the double ring ceremony of the 
Brethren Church was used. 

Both young people are active in the various groups of the 
church. Robert is the president of the Brethren Berean Band, 
and Laberta is the pianist. 

They were attended by Paul D. Larsen, of Stockton, brother 
of the groom, and Dolma M. Mathews, sister of the bride, 
and Mary Ann Larsen, sister of the groom. They will make 
their home in Manteca. 

The good wishes of a host of friends go with the young 
couple for a happy Christian home. 

J. Wesley Piatt. 



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MEIKRANTZ — Mrs. Delia Hargraves Meikrantz departed 
this life November 9, 1943, at her late home in AUentown, 
Pennsylvania, in her 83rd year. 

She was a faithful member of the Brethren Church of 
AUentown for forty years and gave much of her time and 
talent and possessions to the promotion of the missionary 
and other enterprises of the church. 

She was born in Clayton, Michigan, the daughter of the 
late Joseph and Ophelia (Fisher) Carter. She has been a 
resident of AUentown since 1896, having moved there from 
Chicago, Illinois. 

She was preceded in death in 1928 by her first husband, 
William H. Hargraves. Her second husband, Henry A. 
Meikrantz, died last June. 

For the past nine years she has been living in St. Peters- 
burg, Florida. 

Two daughters, AUce, wife of Rev. Albert lE. Thomas; 
Florence Golden, and a son. Jay Hargraves, survive her. Four 
grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a number of 
nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by the undersigned. 

Rev. Albert E. Thomas. 



WOLFE — A long time member of the Brethren Church of 
Lathrop, California, Henry Edwin Wolfe departed this life 
on May 26, 1943 and was laid to rest in the old East Union 
Cemetery with the great number of the pioneers of the Breth- 
ren of Central California. He was a descendant of Elder 
George Wolfe, who was of the earliest Brethren in California. 
He was the son of Jacob Wolfe and a brother of J. Milo 
Wolfe, who was active in the Lathrop Brethren Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Delia Wolfe. Three sisters also 
survive: Mrs. F. H. Robinson of Lancaster, California; Mrs. 
C. H. Richardson, of Oakland, California, and Mrs. Amanda 
Byer, of Brentwood, California. 

"Uncle Ed" was very actively engaged in all the camp 
meetings held by the Brethren for many years in this part 
of California. We look forward to meeting him in the Day 
of Christ's return. God bless those who remain. Funeral ser- 
vices by the undersigned. 

J. Wesley Piatt. 



DISTINCTIVE BRETHREN DOCTRINES AND PRACTICES 

(Continued from page 7) 

2. Partaking of the Eucharist Bestows Divine Life 

The divine life is a life without sin, and Christ as ". . . the 
living bread which came down from heaven" was without 
sin. This He had to be to fulfill the symbol of the lamb with- 
out blemish which was required of the sacrifice to be offered 
by the Jews. He is the Lamb of God, an immaculate offering, 
the only bread which can assure eternal life to those who 
partake thereof. Not the literal flesh of the Son of God made 
real by priestly miracle, chemically changed to become real 
flesh, but blessed to our souls as our thoughts are led to con- 
templation of the atonement made for us by the bruising 
and breaking of His body. The Word tells us that "The flesh 
profiteth nothing." "It is the spirit that giveth life." And 
then the Master adds, "The words that I have spoken unto 
you, they are spirit and they are life." Anything that aids 
us to comprehend more fully and completely the character of 
Jesus Christ helps us to become like Him, and there is no 
time when we come so near to Him as when we feed upon 
the emblems of His very being, and are reminded that here 
is one whom "having not seen, we yet love." 

3. Partaking of these Emblems is a Reminder of Christ's 
Return 

"As oft as ye eat this bread and drink this cup ye do 
show forth the Lord's death till He come." The hope of the 
coming of the Lord is now, and always has been considered, 
a purifying hope, for "everyone that hath this hope set on 
Him purifieth himself even as he is pure." A beautiful cus- 
tom is observed by some churches of having a vacant chair 
at the head of the communion table on communion occasions, 
ready for the Lord Himself should He chose to make that 
communion the occasion of His returning, and the vacant 
chair serves as an added reminder of the Advent hope of 
the Christian. May this little poem help us to "Remember": 

KEEPING THE FEAST 

By Christ redeemed, in Christ restored 
We keep the memory adored, 
And show the death of our dear Lord, 
Until He come. 

His body broken in our stead 
Is here, in this memorial bread. 
And so our feeble love is fed, 
Until He come. 

The drops of His dread agony, 
His life-blood shed for us we see; 
The wine shall tell the mystery, 
Until He come. 

And thus that dark betrayal night 
With that last advent we unite 
By one blest chain of loving rite. 
Until He come. 

Until the trump of God be heard. 
Until the ancient graves be stirred. 
And with the great commanding word, 
The Lord shall come. 

blessed hope! with this elate 
Let not our hearts be desolate, 
But strong in faith, in patience wait. 
Until He come. 

— George Rawson. 
— Uniontown, Pa. 



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VARNER— On October 20, 1943, Harry Emmett Varner, 
son of James L. and the late Lucinda Varner, was laid to 
rest in the Turlock Cemetery. He was 48 years old. He was 
a member of the Turlock Brethren Church. 
, He is survived by his wife and a son; his father and four 
.sisters. A very large concourse of people gathered to pay 
their respect and showed the esteem in which he was held 
by the community in which he spent Iiis life. 

Services by the undersigned, assisted by the Swedish Bap- 
tist pastor of Turlock. 

J. Wesley Piatt. 



WILSON— On October 18, 1943, Dr. W. Lester Wilson of 
Santa Cruz, California, was laid to rest in the Oak Hill 
Memorial Park near San Jose, California. 

He was born near Indianapolis, Indiana, almost 82 years 
age. For a number of years he, with his family, lived in 
Turlock, California, and was an active member of the Breth 
ren Church. He was also a successful practicing physician. 
In later years he moved to San Jose, and then to Santa Cruz, 
where he lived to the time of his death. After moving to 
San Jose he transferred his membership to the Manteca 
Brethren Church. 

He is survived by his wife, S. Luetta (Miller) Wilson, and 
four sons. He died faithful to his Lord Jesus, and in the day 
of Christ, in the Grace of God, we look for a meeting, never 
to part again. Services by his pastor. 

J. Wesley Piatt. 



BENSHOFF— Mrs. Lucinda (St. Clair) Benshoff, wife of 
David F. Benshoff, 1.52 Wilson St., Johnstown, Pa., departed 
this life December 22, 1943 at the age of 63 years, 11 months 
and 23 days. Death followed a short illness due to a stroke. 
As an active member of the Third Brethren Church for the 
past thirty years she was vitally connected with the women's 
work of the local church. Sister Benshoff was a deaconess 
of the congregation. 

The former Lucinda St. Clair, daughter of Jackson and 
Salome (Holsopple) St. Clair, was born December 29, 1879. 
In addition to her husband she is survived by four children 
— Myra, wife of Charles F. Dysert, Catherine, Floyd, all re- 
siding in Johnstowai, and Dean J., business manager of Mt. 
Union College, Alliance, Ohio. She also leaves seven grand- 
children, and five brothers and sisters — Mrs. Effie Bush; 
Blanche, wife of Rev. Wni. C. Benshoff, Lanark, 111.; Campbell 
St. Clair; Izora, wife of Barrel! Hockensmith, and Clifford St. 
Clair. Two sisters, Mrs. Thankful Leckey and Mrs. Julia Wil- 
son, recently preceded her in death. 

Funeral service was conducted by the writer, assisted by 
Rev. George Jones, pastor of The Second Brethren Church, 
Johnstown. Interment was made in the Grandview Cemetery. 

Clarence Y. Gilmer. 



KING — David L. King, son of the late Jacob King and 
Rebecca Zook King, w'as born north of Orrville, Ohio, Febru- 
ary 15, 1859, and departed this life at his late home near 
Smithville, Ohio, December 26, 1943, aged 84 years 10 months 
and 11 days. He was the last of a family of eight childi-en. 

He was united in marriage to Clara Bell Steiner, Septem- 
ber 9, 1884. To this union were born four children: Alvin who 
died in infancy. Myrtle King of Cleveland, Lester V., pastor 
of the Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio, and Lloyd S. of 
Cleveland — now with the U. S. Navy at Daytona Beach, Flor- 
ida. 

His wife preceded him in death May 16, 1911. Then on 
September 11, 1913, he was married to Arvilla Kiefer. 



Brother King became a Christian at the age of 21 years, 
uniting with the Beech Grove Church of the Brethren. After- 
ward he became a charter member of the Zion Hill Brethren 
Church and was ordained to be one of its first deacons. He 
was chorister of the Sunday School and Church for nearly 
thirty years. He was a faithful and zealous member of the 
church until the end, always attending the Sunday School 
and other services whenever health permitted. At the Com- 
munion Service last October, he spoke words of encourage- 
ment and exhorted the members of the church to ever remain 
faithful and loyal to Christ and His Church, stating that that 
might be the last Communion Service he would enjoy with 
us. (Words that were prophetic). 

He leaves to lovingly remember him — his wife, Arvilla, his 
three children, five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 
other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were 
by the writer. 

J. G. Dodds. 



BLILER^ — Carrie Elizabeth Flickinger was born August 26, 
1886, and departed this earth life December 28, 1943 at home, 
in Akron, Ohio, aged 57 years, 4 months and 2 days. 

She is survived by her husband, Newton D. Bliler, to whom 
she was united in marriage in Canton, Ohio, November 29, 
1911; four sons, Russell of the U. S. Army General Staff, 
Howard in the U. S. Merchant Marines, Butler, N. Y.; David 
and Glenn at home; two sisters, one in Akron and one in Grand 
Glenn at home; two sisters, one in Akron and one in Grand 
Rapids, Michigan, one brother of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 
and three grandchildren at home. 

Sister Bliler accepted Christ as her Saviour early in life. 
She, later, was baptized by trine immersion and was received 
into the membership of the Brethren Church, to which she 
remained faithful and loyal unto the end. 

On the morning of December 28th, her husband took her 
to the hospital for a tonsilectomy. They returned to the home 
after the operation and Sister Bliler, about one-half hour 
later, departed this life. Sometimes we fail to understand, 
but this we do know, that "all things work together for 
good to them that love the Lord; to them that are called 
according to His purpose." 

Funeral services conducted from the Long Funeral Home 
in Akron by the undersigned. 

J. G. Dodds. 




News From Our 
Churches 



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ELKHART, INDIANA 

Just a few lines of news in which the Evangelist readers 
may be interested. 

Last Sunday evening (January 2) we had a special service 
of baptism, laying on of hands and reception of new mem- 
bers. Eight people were received. Five came from one fam- 
ily, father, mother, and three children. One little girl was 
just recovering from measles and will come later. 

Today was our regular quarterly cash day, the first one 
since our building was paid for last October. Slightly over 
$1500 was brought in today. The total for the quarter is 
just over $1700. One tenth is laid aside for home missions. 
That will be done three times a year. On Easter the offer- 



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ing will be given to foreign missions. The other nine tenths 
of the three offerings will be laid by for a special building 
project. 

This evening we had another program in honor of some 
of our men who have been called into armed service for the 
country. Fifteen more name cards were placed on our honor 
roll. The total of members now serving is sixty-one. 

In a recent religious survey in the city schools our church 
ranked first among the Protestant churches in choice or pref- 
erence stated by the school children in grade and high school. 

Delbert B. Flora, pastor. 

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TRAVEL FLASHES 
Wabash Valley — ^Center Chapel 

Well, now Brethren, how does that title appeal to you? 
But it is all genuine. With the exception of a short excur- 
sion to the City of Brotherly Love, I have spent most of this 
fall and early winter in what the Indians called the Wabash 
Valley. I need not tell many of my readers that it is one of 
the country's historic rivers. Before the Ohio was famous 
the Wabash was, because of its proximity to the gi'eat mother 
of both — the Mississippi. On its banks was one of the earli- 
est of America's social experiments — the Owenites, which if 
tried now, would be called socialistic with a capital "S." 

Its warm alluvial soil makes it one of the richest of farm- 
ing communities, and I have been feasting all this time on 
the treasures of the treasuries of well-to-do people who call 
the best out of the ground for their enrichment and pleas- 
ure. Flora, Burlington, North Manchester, and now, Center 
Chapel, have all listened with interested attention to my ex- 
positions of the Sacred Word and the principles of the Breth- 
ren People who had an unusual knack of finding the best 
places in their 200-year journey from Germantown in Phila- 
delphia to the most western plain, prairie or valley. It has 
been my good fortune to visit many of them in both groups 
of our fraternity. 

Unity 

And that leads me to the observation that we are rapidly 
closing the gaps that had separated us for more than a 
half-century. Here I have been kindly and happily welcomed 
for the past three weeks in the home of Brother Earl D. 
Fisher and his fine family; one daughter married to a grace 
preacher, one to a Church of the Brethren preacher, the 
parents both members of the Church of the Brethren; the 
daughters both members of our group and none of them 
able really to distinguish between ourselves. Withal, ail of 
those able to do so attended our services as nearly 100%, as 
the "flu" allowed. 

"Flu," Colds or What? 

Before I entered the Fisher home, I was warned that they 
had the "flu." But I had been "exposed" so often that I 
did not hesitate a moment. Neither did I "Get it" nor did 
I have it, having never missed a sermon in all the more 
than two and one-half years I have been at this "gallivant- 
ing around," as daughter Dorcas names it. The Lord has been 
good to me and mine in all those months. Mrs. Bame and 
I have had unusual health and vigor all this time, for which 
we praise the Lord. But all the people of this conmiunity 
were not thus spared. In no meeting for many months have 
services been so hindered. Either for alibi, excuse or reason, 
many were unable to do as well as we wished or as they 
would otherwise have done. But the off'ering proved their en- 
thusiasm. It was top-notch. That demonstrated something. 
We only had one "full house." That was the last night. Too 



bad! Some neighbors had not known that we had such inter- 
esting and splendid services until that night! It was some 
satisfaction to learn that they realized it. 

It turned out to be just an old-fashioned revival meeting 
with only the visible results of a revived and awakened 
church, as we hope. I believe every member reconsecrated. 
Pastor Zumbaugh drove 32 miles each way each evening the 
first week and his absence hindered the visitation usually 
done the first week, even though he did prove his fidelity. 
The second, we did better. The coming home of the young- 
sters for the Holidays was both an inspiration and a help. 
That good feature recompensed somewhat, for the absence 
of the evangelist from his loved ones in that hospitable, fam- 
ily period. It was not too easy for us, but what was our 
denial compared with that of millions of our "boys" in camps, 
armies and navies? Just nothing. I believe that it helps us 
to realize in larger measure, the unique happiness of the 
American Holiday Season. Let us hope it shall be so in the 
future of this season of the year when Christ seems more 
dear than at any other. No Christ, no Christmas. 

Center Chapel is rightly named. Eleven miles to Wabash, 
S miles to Roann, 5 miles to Chili, 9 miles to Peru — it really 
is located for a strong, aggressive country church. More- 
over, the people of the community are unbiased and relig- 
ious. Unattached members of our group and of the Church of 
the Brethren make this a very fine prospective field for a 
Cooperative Brethren Church of a size, talent and financial 
ability for a full-time pastor, who could easily bring many 
people of other dennominations to us, at least, so sympa- 
thetically that they would work with us and for us. It is my 
hope and prayer that this may become a possibility and a 
workable result of our knowing each other better and loving 
each other more. Such a cooperative church takes no one 
from his loyalty to his chosen denomination nor robs his 
religious witness from his home neighborhood. And, since 
even the most of us recogninze members of the evangelical 
churches as Christian, and most preachers do exchange pul- 
pits and thus sanction the sermons of such preachers, it is 
not too far from simply doing for our local churches the 
logical and Christian, protestant thing that could and should 
be done. I hope at some future time to assist in such happy 
economic, Christian results for our churches in this and 
other places. I am now at Denver, Indiana. Pray for us. 

Charles A. Bame, Carey, Ohio. 

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MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS 

From November 21st to December 5th the Milledgeville 
Church had the privilege of having Dr. L. E. Lindower of 
our Seminary as Evangelist in a series of Revival services. 

The weather and other conditions cooperated to make this 
an ideal time in which to hold our campaign. We worked in 
cooperation with the local Church of the Brethren, holding 
the services in our Church. Attendance was good through- 
out, the audiences being composed chiefly of those people 
who are at all times faithful to their Church services. They 
came to hear the messages in song and word. Dr. Lindower 
was well received by the people of these two Churches. He 
preached and taught in a way that put the messages across 
in the hearts of the people. We appreciate more than we are 
able to show the fine work he did in our midst. 

Numerical results were the addition of ten people to our 
Church. These ranged in age from two young boys, three 
high school girls and five adults. Other results were those of 
spiritual growth and interest on the part of the congrega- 
tions. We feel it was a two weeks well spent. 

W. St. Claire BenshofF. 



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ASHLAKD THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY 
KOW OFFERS HOME STUDY COURSES 

PURPOSE 

For those who find it impossible to come to the Seminary to pursue studies preparing 
them for special Christian service, these courses are made available. There are at least 
two classes of such folks. (1) Those who expect to matriculate in the Seminary later, but 
find it temporarily impossible to attend for a time, and (2) those who will have no oppor- 
tunity for resident study. 

CREDITS 

For the first class, credits will count up to a maximum of eight towards Seminary 
credit. For the other, standard certificates of credit showing work accomplished, will be 
issued. 

METHOD OF INSTRUCTION 

The student pastor or some other person in the local congregation with prop- 
er qualifications will be asked to supervise the study and examinations. Readings and 
instructions for conducting the courses will be sent to the local superviser, who will form- 
ulate and conduct examinations. Papers and grades will then be sent to the Ashland of- 
fice to record for credit. In rare cases, when no local superviser is available, the work can 
be handled directly from the Ashland office. 

ENROLLMENT AND FEES 

Anyone desiring to enroll for a Home Study Course may fill out the accompanying 
registration blank and send to L. E. Lindower, Director, Home Study Courses, Ashland 
Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, accompanied with a personal check or Post-office 
Money Order for one dollar registration fee. 

BOOKS AND SUPPLIES 

Text-books and any other necessary supplies will be sent post-paid upon receipt of 
the registration blank. The student may then remit for the same. 

COURSES 

HSl. Exploring the Bible 2 semester hours credit 

Text: Tidwell, The Bible, Book by Book. $1.75 
HS2. Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. 

Elementary course, 1 semester hour credit 

Text: Evans, How to Prepare Sermons and Gospel Addresses. $1.25. 



Advanced course, 

Text: Montgomery, "Preparing Preachers to Preach.' 
HS3. Pastoral Problems. 
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- THANKS, PENNSYLVANIA LAYMEN! 

I want to thank all the Laymen of Pennsylvania 
for your response for help for Brother L D. Bow- 
man's Mission in Philadelphia. A check has been 
mailed to him by our Treasurer, C. G. Lenhart. 
Thanks, Berlin, for your check. 

We are looking forward to the year 1944 for great 
things in the Master's name. May God bless you, each 
and every one. 

Your President, 
Ralph M. Singer, Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 



We sadly report the death of 
Brother Geo. Kem oF Dayton, Ohio 

on Saturday, January 29th 



CAN YOU HELP HIM ? Brother E. J. Beekley, pastor of 
our West Alexandria, Ohio, Church has asked the editor to 
help him in securing some additions to his library of Church 
History. Brother Beekley is seeking to build up a full li- 
brary of Brethren history and doctrine and to this end he 
would like to purchase any one or all of the three following 
books: 

"A Debate on Immersion" between Elder James Quinter 
and Rev. S. P. Snyder. Published in 1868. 

"A Vindication of Trine Immersion" as the Apo,stolic Form 
of Christian Baptism. By James Quinter. Published in 1900. 

"The Doctrine of the Brethren Defended" by R. H. Miller. 
Published in 1876. 

If you have any of these books and want to dispose of 
them, write to Rev. E. J. Beekley, 74 North Main Street, 
West Alexandria, Ohio. 

* * * 

THE ARTICLE THAT APPEARED ON THE SUNDAY 
SCHOOL PAGE, by Brother N. V. Leatherman, was one of 
the addresses delivered at the Sunday School gathering which 
was held at the Mt. Pleasant Brethren Church recently. The 
one appearing in this issue by Sister Gilmer on the subject, 
"The Pupil in the Teaching Program of the Sunday School," 
is another and next week will appear one by Brother Belote 
dealing with the subject, "The Subject, or What to Teach." 
Brother Walter Wertz sent these in to Dr. Lindower for 
publication. Why not more of the organizations doing this 
kind of work, sending in the addresses? Let the brotherhood 
know what you are doing. 

* * * 

SOME WAY OR OTHER WE LEFT OUT A WORD in the 
heading of the announcement on page 3 of last week's Evan- 
gelist. The heading that appeared might be a little mislead- 
ing. The correct reading should be "New Seminary COURSES 
Offered to Anyone Interested." But then it is an "ill wind 
that blows nobody good" for this gives us another chance 
to call your attention to the new Home Study Courses offered 
by the Seminary. Now go back to last week's issue and read 
the announcement again on both page 3 and page 16. 

* * * 

■ THE FINAL DOCTRINAL STUDY FOR THE WOMAN'S 
MISSIONARY SOCIETY which Brother Belote has furnished 
through the columns of the Evangelist appears in this issue. 
We are sure that these studies have been helpful to the 
W. M. S., and not to them alone, but also to the entire broth- 
erhood. We have asked Brother Belote to continue with other 
studies of similar nature, but of a general character, and 
trust that he can find time to furnish these. 

* * * 

THE ASHLAND, OHIO, BRETHREN CHURCH, Brother 
L. V. King, pastor, has designated the month of February 
as "Doctrinal Month" and to this end the W. M. S., the Sun- 
day School and the Mid-week service have been banded to- 
gether to study the Definite Brethren Doctrines of the Breth- 
ren Church. The three Seminary professors. Dean M. A. 
Stuckey, Dr. L. E. Lindower and Dr. W. D. Furry, will have 
charge, each one taking up different doctrines in the four 
Wednesday evening services. Brother King is also making 
arrangements to continue doctrinal studies for another six 
weeks, making ten weeks in all, thus giving an opportunity 
for those who desire credit in Leadership or Teacher Train- ; 
ing to take examination and get proper credit. We feel that : 
many other churches might profitably follow the same plan. 



IS THIS THE WAY WE DO IT? 

The editor came across the following in a rather 
recent issue of The Christian Advocate and thought 
it worth thinking about. So we are passing it on to 
you for your meditation. It is entitled, "The Pastor 
Did Not Call." 

"There was serious illness in one of the families of 
the church. The members notified the employer that 
the sick one could not get to the office. They phoned 
the druggist about the medicine. They called the doc- 
tor, and he came over on the way back from the hos- 
pital. They even told the newspaper, and had a little 
news item published. But they did not call the 
preacher. He was supposed to get his information by 
some means of divination. They expected someone 
to tell him, but no one did. 

"When he did not call, the members of that family 
became very much hurt. In fact, they complained 
that the pastor did not call, and some even suggested 
that 'all he is interested in is your money.' 

"Now, the moral of this little tale is that, if the 
doctor is supposed to be notified, and if the nurse 
is supposed to be called, and if other people are to 
be told, it is only fair that the pastor be treated in 
the same way." 

Now we wonder how many of us take the same 
attitude? Too often we expect the pastor to be en- 
dowed with a sort of Clairvoyance ; to be fitted with 
a pair of special "second sight" spectacles, which 
power and which sight enables him to see through 
walls and around corners and discern the undiscern- 
able and see the unseeable. But to date we have never 
met such an individual. 

In this day of telephones, your pastor is usually 
only as far from you as your telephone. A little con- 
sideration on the part of each individual will many 
times eliminate misunderstandings and bring about 
a closer feeling of fellowship between all parties con- 
cerned. 

Your pastor is interested in you and your prob- 
lems — are you interested in him and his problems? 

F. C. V. 



IS THE SHOE ON THE OTHER FOOT? 

We entered our active ministry just following the 
close of World War I. We met the problem of the 
soldier returning from the armed forces to civilian 
life. We felt the touch of indifference which well 



nigh bordered in antagonism from many of these 
men. In that war they were young and impression- 
able, just as they are in the present conflict. At 
their return there was a definite program among the 
churches, at least in the territory in which we 
worked, to draw these young men within the circle 
of Christian influence. Just how well this succeeded 
is a matter of history and not too encouraging in 
our memory. 

Now that is history. And it is said "History re- 
peats itself." But we trust that there may be an 
exception to the rule and that we may see a differ- 
ent attitude. All things point that way. 

Let us draw a contrasting picture. When the boys 
came back from World War I, the church had a pro- 
gram, but the boys tended to be antagonistic to it. 
They had been through a war where so-called "Chris- 
tian nations had been fighting against other so-called 
Christian nations." They could not reconcile the 
whole affair in the light of their total experiences. 

But today the entire picture is changed. It is 
Christian thought and attitude pitted against the 
pagan philosophies of the world. It is two distinct 
philosophies engaged in violent combat to see which 
shall survive. It is Christianity against paganism ; it 
is truth against error; it is right against wrong; it 
is humantarianism against cruelty and oppression; 
it is liberty against enslavement; it is God's Word 
against man's word. Or maybe we should say, It is 
God's Word against man's sword. 

And some day (God speed it) it must end. And 
then these boys will return. To What? A church with 
a program that is merely an attempt to draw them 
into a "cut and dried," soulless and helpless round 
of events? Or will it be a program filled with help- 
ful ministrations, which will fill the void that has 
been eating out the hearts of many of these boys 
(now men in the deeper sense of the word) and that 
will help them through the rehabilitation period of 
their soldier to civilian transfer? 

We dare not wait for the end of the war. We must 
plan NOW and the plan that is not born of prayer 
to God for guidance will be utterly useless. For we 
feel that the boys will come back ready to accept a 
real program this time, and not be antagonistic but 
receptive to Christianity — if — it be the genuine ar- 
ticle. No substitutes will in any way appeal to them. 
It must be the real thing. 

It is up to the church. What will we do about it? 

F. C. V. 



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"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the 
world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their 
deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the 
light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be 
reproved." — John 3:19, 20. 



The singular love of God in making us sons, is the 
subject of the Apostle here in this context. He says, 
"See what love the Father hath given us, that we 
should be called the children of God." The King 
James version says, "That we should be called sons 
of God." As children of God, then, we should not love 
in word or in tongue, but in work and in truth. One 
may love in word only with the word quite sincere 
for the moment of its use, but he fails to make the 
effort to follow up the word with kindness. John says 
in the preceding verse, "Let no one deceive you. He 
who practices righteousness is righteous even as he 
is righteous." This answers the question. How do 
we know the claim is real and that our conduct is 
essential toward bringing forth the real fruit of 
love?" He further says, "We must love in deed and 
in truth." Thus by loving in deed and in truth "we 
know that we are of the truth and shall assure our 
hearts before God, for if we know our hearts con- 
demn us, God is greater than our hearts and know- 
eth all things." 

Our first consideration is: What is the heart of 
man and its judicial function? Alford says, "The 
heart is the seat of conscience giving rise to peace 
or terror according as it is at rest or quietude." The 
heart here, as the term is used, is the inward judge 
of man, thus conscience passes on man's behavior, 
conduct and deeds. There are many definitions of 
conscience. One has said, "It is the oracle of God," 
"It is God's monitor in the soul of man," "It is the 
sense of right," "It is God's vice-regent in the soul." 

Dr. Whewill says, "Conscience is the reason em- 
ployed about questions of right and wrong, and ac- 



When the Heart 
Condemns 

Rev. L. A. Myers 



companied with the sentiment of approbation or con- 
demnation." The function of conscience is both to 
give the law unto us, but to pronounce whether we 
have kept law or not. Archbishop Leighton says, "It 
is the great business of conscience to sit and examine 
and judge within; to hold courts in the soul, and it 
is of continual necessity that it be so." But it is of 
most importance to us that we bear in mind that 
conscience for us is not infallible in its guidance. 
Some of the darkest crimes that were ever committed 
have been sanctioned by conscience. Saul of Tarsus 
was conscientious in his fierce persecutions of Chris- 
tians. He says, "I verily thought with myself that I 
ought to do many things conti-ary to the name of 
Jesus of Nazareth." (Acts 26:9-11.) If conscience is 
to be true it must be regulated by the will of God 
and inspired by the Holy Spirit. We should take the 
will of God in Christ Jesus for our law, and then 
let conscience, quickened by the Spirit of God, ex- 
orcise its judicial functions in condemning or ap- 
proving our conduct in relation to the law of God. 

"But if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than 
our hearts and knoweth all things." These words 
here suggest that conscience is an imperfect judge, 
but God is absolutely and infinitely holy. Conscience 
has suffered by reason of human sin. As a judge it is 
sometimes partial. Sometimes it allows that which 
should be condemned to go by the bar as approved 
and without condemnation. But know this, man, 
"God is greater than our hearts." His righteousness 
is perfect. His holiness is without the slightest spot 
or shadow. The greatness of his mercy does not lead 
him to excuse any sin in any sinner. If, therefore, 
our hearts condemn us, how much more does he? 

If our conscience as but a faint and imperfect 
echo of His voice, condemns us, how much more does 
He? If our own self-condemnation in its faultiness 
sees our guilt, how much more do we stand before 
Him condemned? He overlooks nothing and is also 
absolute in His justice to all. We should then con- 
sider the danger in which we stand when our con- 
science condemns us in its biased, imperfect condi- 
tion. God, with perfect knowledge and perfect sense 
of justice, metes out to us what we justly deserve. 

Conscience may not take cognizance of every sin, 
but God observes and knows all things. There are 
sins which escape the vigilance of conscience. Man's 
secret sins, classified under the following heads, may 



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go by him through personal preferences of his own 
or by faulty observance and judgment of some other 
persons. Especially those which are unknown to his 
fellowmen, but definitely known to himself. He 
knows that they are his own personal secrets. There 
is no fear of public sentiment or neighborly gossip. 
He is conscious that he can do with them as he 
pleases. He, is therefore, more likely to be more 
lenient with himself. One of man's weak points of 
nature is to always favor himself above his neigh- 
bor. When he sits alone on the judiciary bench to 
pass his own sentence he is likely to overlook very 
much. But all men must remember that however 
secret his sin may be to him, God knows all things. 
He considers his sin in its most minute detail and 
judges him from an absolute standard of justice re- 
gardless of who knows or does not know. Thus let 
God always be judge and His Holy Spirit the Guide. 

Then there are sins which the perpetrator may 
not recognize as sin, but are so recognized by his 
neighbors and fellowmen. Man here again stands as 
the imperfect judge. All men should hold this in 
mind when they so freely condenm their brother. 
All of them are imperfect and thereby liable to mis- 
take and misrepresentation on all sides. Many a 
man has been unjustly judged by his brother and 
suffered condemnation to his own soul when the 
judgment was faulty and all unjust. 

Again men are wrong sometimes when they judge 
themselves as innocent while their fellowman is cer- 
tain they are wrong. Here it is faulty condemnation 
all the way round because all are human and likely 
to err. The perpetrator of sin may satisfy his own 
conscience while his brethren are dissatisfied, that 
it is God who looks upon it and man must suffer 



the penalty regardless of his feeling of innocency. 
If your fellowmen judge you to be wrong, it is high 
time to assure yourselves before God. 

Then there are transactions, conduct and behavior 
that are not regarded as sin by man nor his fellow- 
man and all go along in peace and tranquility, yet 
they all sin in the eyes of the Almighty every day. 
The fruit of their sin may even reveal the iniquity 
of their hearts while their hearts do not condemn 
them, yet the lack of condemnation is their fault. 
Here man stands universally uncondemned by him- 
self and his neighbor, but God who knoweth all 
things comes as the just Judge. How many times 
is it that public sentiment is all wrong, but no one 
but God knows and the crowd follows the sentiment 
regardless of the evil fruit it bears? No one's heart 
is condemning. 

Man may be asleep at the switch, not aware that 
under the circumstances here sleeping is wrong. But 
that does not change the course of the oncoming 
train. The result of sleeping is death and destruction 
at the switch. A higher power comes in and con- 
demns sleeping at the switch and man pays the price. 
Likewise God does not justify man in his sin be- 
cause he sleeps at the switch, seeing no wrong in 
his sleeping. He is responsible for the result of such 
behavior and again God knows everything. 

No sins whatever are hidden from God. His eyes 
are open to the ways of man and He seeth all his 
going. "He hath set our iniquities before him, our 
secret sins in the light of his countenance." If then, 
our conscience in the light of its imperfect informa- 
tion, condemns us, how much more must He who 
knoweth all things? 

— Oak Hill, West Virginia. 



THE TWO KEYS 



Rev. J. M. Bowman 



"The prayer of a righteous man availeth much in its working.' 
ye ask anything in my name, I will do it." — John 14:15. 



-James 4:16. "If 



Faith must rest on the promises of the Bible. Faith 
and prayer are the two keys that unlock the vaults 
of heaven. 

In the Printing and Engraving Department at 
Washington, D. C., the large vault is opened and 
closed by a double combination (which act I liave 
seen at closing time, myself). The one man comes 
and closes his half of the combination and goes 
home ; and the other comes with his "key" and opens 
it. That hinders all effort to get in at the same time. 

Prayer and faith will open the vaults of heaven. 
It is a combination that the child of God can unlock 
the door of heaven and find the treasure. Faith must 
rest on the great principles and promises of the 



Bible. It can stand the test of all opposition. Trials 
and persecutions will come; and from the church, 
but faith and p-juyet- will carry you through. 

The Christian's cloud will have a silver lining of 
joy. We have a wonderful picture of the cross. (He- 
brews 12:2). "Who for the joy that was set before 
Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and 
hath sat down at the right hand of the Father." God 
will never fail us when we step out in true faith. 
Faith does not see things, but sees God, and gets 
things. Truth is the arrow, but the speech is the 
bow that sends it home. 

Strong preachers have always been Bible preach- 
ers. All the great sermons of the Bible were preached 



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out of doors. Bible preaching is always attractive, 
and always will be. Pleasing men will take the edge 
off the Gospel sword. When God calls, proves, com- 
mands — and the preacher begins to magnify Him be- 
fore the people. He opens doors for him. 

God sometimes takes unlearned people and uses 
them to bless millions of fellowmen. A minister of 
the Gospel should be a man who walks and talks with 
God. How many that will do that in this modern 
age? 

God always had, and always will have and own 
the faithful, loving preaching of His Word. But alas ! 
how few are the ministers, who, like Paul, cease not 
to warn every one night and day, with tears? 0, if 
we had real God-sent, heaven-bom, old-time, back- 
woods revivals, our churches would wake up. A re- 
vival never breaks out among prayerless people. 
They are a powerless prayer people, and will not 
bring many trophies to the Master's feet. Prayer is 
all powerful because it calls out God's power. Live 
as a child of God and then you will be able to pray 
as a child, and be assured that you will be heard. 

Prayer is the key to the soul that unlocks the re- 
cesses of your hearts. Prayer is the key of the day, 



and the lock of the night. Pray, pray, pray! It will 
help you to pave the way to heaven. The Lord makes 
us to know the "Eiches of His Glory." The dressing 
is on this side of the river : we must put on our white 
robes of purity here and go to the palace of God, 
washed in the "Blood of the Lamb." 

It is claimed the Holy Spirit is mentioned two or 
three times in the Old Testament, and eighty-eight 
times in the New Testament. Then why it is that so 
many preachers and Bible school teachers use Him 
so sparingly? Is it because they are not seasoned 
with it ? Christ was praying when He was baptized ; 
also when He was transfigured. Other times He 
would arise before day and go into the mountain to 
pray. How many do that today? I have done it and 
felt that I received great benefit from it. Some are 
too busy. It seems some think they will get in with- 
out the judgment. The two keys must be carefully 
guarded, for the loss of either, or both, would bar 
us out of heaven. 

Let us hold on to Faith and Prayer. They will give 
entrance into the Holy City — ^the New Jerusalem. 

Hallelujah to the Lord of Glory. 

— Harrisonburg, Virginia. 



The Pastor and The Church Officials 

Rev. C. T. Gilmer 



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(This Installation Message, given at the Vinco Brethren Church. Sunday. December 

26, 1943, is sent to The Brethren" Evangelist by request for publicaion, C. Y. 

Gilmer.) , 



There is need of a close touch between the pastor and the 
official family of the Church, You officers-elect are the selec- 
tion of the voting membership of this congregation. You 
were hand picked by no one save the Holy Spirit, Otherwise, 
we would likely have a divided official board. 

The ideal board member is interested in the Church's ser- 
vices, the Sunday School, the missionary activities and the 
prayer meeting to the extent that he will support th?m ali 
by his presence, his influence and his purse. The official fam- 
ily is encouraged to get along alone in the right way without 
the assistance of the minister. For if the minister becomes 
the good-hearted chore boy of the organization, he will be- 
come so careful about many things that he will neglect the 
one thing most needful — the demands of his own calling. It 
is rather the pastor's duty to lean so heavily upon the offi- 
cials that they habitually do their own work promptly. In- 
stead of having his eye and hand on all the auxiliaries 
and every branch of the work he keeps himself in the back- 
ground and encourages every man to bear his own burden. 

As pastor it is my duty to help the congregation to respect 
and assist the official family. Let us, therefore, pray for our 
servants and sympathetically enlist such aid as they need 
to successfully discharge their duties. Let the office of the 
church official be magnified from the standpoint of humility 
and sacrificial service that the Gospel may be spread under 
the direction of thoughtful, reverent and cijnsecrated be- 
lievers. Faithfulness and high spiritual attainments should 



mark every person chosen to administer the official matters 
of the congregation. There can be no permanent success with- 
out a strong official family. 

Wherever people are associated together there is certain 
CO be some difference of opinion. Only the oil of the Spirit 
such as was given to Barnabas can prevent these difference 
from leading to friction, Vinco's almost complete unity and 
harmony is cause for deep gratitude. Many of you have 
worked hard, but remember it was done for the Church, and 
therefore for Christ, and your devotion has resulted in splen- 
did progress. Paul rejoiced that he was counted worthy to 
suffer for Christ. Let us rejoice that we can assume labor- 
ious tasks for Him who was crucified for us. And as Paul 
knew no let-up in his labors for Christ, may our ardor and 
zeal continue. 

Our aim is to have all members active, each one perform- 
ing his task. All officers and non-officers are engaged in 
the same task. Every leader and every member in every ac- 
tivity represents Jesus Christ among men when he is about 
his business of leading men to Christ. So those of official 
capacity are not called for social purposes, special honor or 
respectability, just to have something to do such as raising 
money, but to perform a definite spiritual ministry among 
men. This being so, I urge you, with myself: 

1. To pray. Prayer was always first with Christ. He was 
always in harmony with the will of the Father, We should 
never act without first knowing His will. If we are to be 
the spiritual leaders we should be, our inner life must be 
daily nourished with prayer and strength from the Word. 
Thus we shall be kept strong, calm, sweet and useful. 



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2. Study your task. Seek to know the needs of the mem- 
bership and how you may best serve them through your office. 
Become an expert in your particular task. 

3. Watch your spirit. Do not allow yourself to become su- 
perficial, exacting, irritable or unkindly critical. Remember 
that others would look in vain to find perfection in you. As 
each of us must wish toleration of his own faults, so must 
we be patient and tolerant. It is not good to have our own 
way about everything nor should we refuse to cooperate with 
those who do not follow our opinions. Nothing so quickly 
spoils Christian work as an irritable and fault-finding spirit. 
In a few minutes of ugly spirit we can tear down more than 
can be built up in months. For the sake of the good work of 
the Master let us keep sweet and true to Him. 

Let us give the new members a warm welcome, and help 
them to find a congenial task. If they are not wanted our 
church has no excuse for existence. Our attitude toward them 
will determine the mutual happiness and usefulness of all. 
Again, the attitude we have toward the outsider will deter- 
mine his attitude toward us. When we were outsiders Christ's 
circle of love included us. Dare we draw a circle any less 
inclusive than His? 

4. Be thorough, prompt and reliable in the discharge of 
your duties. The delay of one leader may retard the work 
of many. As water does not rise above its own level, neither 
does the Church rise above its officers in efficiency and en- 
thusiasm. As officers we are marked men and women. We 
set the pace. "Let the church roll on!" 

Ours is the greatest task in the world. Sinful hearts are 
made clean, the community is made wholesome and beautiful 
by the presence of Christ. No other task is so great and 
fruitful in which we may invest time, talent and means. 
It is with gratitude that we can be and we are workers to- 
gether with Him. 



(The Order of Installation as printed on pages 13 and 14 
of the issue of The Brethren Evangelist for September 11, 
1943, followed). 

National Sunday School Association 

Missionary Infcrmation 

Conducted by Chester E. Zimmerman 
Missionary Education Director 

LEPERS DO ACCEPT THE GOSPEL 

In sending out the twelve, Jesus commissioned them to 
preach the gospel to every creature, to heal the sick, to cleanse 
the lepers. Too long has the Church neglected the leper both 
physically and spiritually. This opportunity and privilege 
now is given to God's people through the Mission to Lepers. 
The religious side of the work is stressed, with the hope and 
prayer that every leper received for treatment might also 
accept Christ as his Saviour. This prayer has been answered 
in a wonderful way, for in one colony alone nearly all of the 
more than 1500 patients who have found refuge there have 
become Christians. The genuineness of their conversion is 
attested by their changed lives, by their love of the Word and 
of prayer, and by their desire for the spread of the gospel. 

The American Mission to Lepers aids almost 100 stations 
throughout the world. In Mission Homes, Christian observ- 
ances are not compulsory and are not foisted upon the pa- 
tients. On the contrary, the patients themselves heartily 
adopt Christian ways and manifest a joyous love for the 



Christian life. New patients find in this friendly Christian 
atmosphere such a contrast to the cruelties that they have 
experienced in the past, that they are readily won to an 
acceptance of the gospel. 

In root, branch and fruit the work of the Mission to Lepers 
is profoundly spiritual. It is giving life, the abundant life, 
to the most needy people in all the world — people who, with- 
out the agency of the Mission, would never have had the 
opportunity to hear the precious gospel message. This Mis- 
sion is the cooperative agency through which the Church is 
now seeking to obey Christ's command to "cleanse the lepers," 
physically and spiritually. As an evangelizing force of su- 
preme value it merits the prayers and gifts of all God's 
people. You can share the gospel with outcast lepers through- 
out the world and give relief desperately needed, by sending 
contributions to The American Mission to Lepers, 156 Fifth 
Avenue, New York. Leaders in our Brethren ministry heartily 
endorse this work. An inquiry will bring additional informa- 
tion as to what your Sunday School Class or Study Group 
can do. Some of the materials available are leaflets con- 
taining life stories of patients, descriptions of colony life, 
data on the work of nine Protestant denominations, and pro- 
grams for meetings. It is estimated that there are between 
three to ten million suffering from leprosy. Here is a chal- 
lenge for us as Christians. 

§n§n§ 



THE DEACON AND THE HAM 

One day the pastor of a country church called upon one of 
his deacons, who lived on a well ordered and prosperous farm, 
which he owned. 

After spending some time with him talking over affairs 
of the church and other topics of interest, the pastor was 
about to leave when the deacon said, "Just a moment pastor, 
I want to give you one of our smoked hams." They walked 
to the smoke-house together. As the deacon opened the door, 
Satan whispered, "Give him a small one, foolish man, now 
that you spoke out of turn." The deacon looked over his 
hams and picked out a nice large one for his pastor. Satan 
said, "foolish man, you'll be needing that before long for your- 
self and family, didn't I tell you to give him a small one; 
that will make him feel just as happy as though you had 
given him a large one." 

The deacon lifted his heart in prayer and with the battle 
won, in exasperation he said to Satan, "If you don't keep 
your big mouth shut, I'll give him the biggest ham in the 
place," and with that he selected an enormous ham and with 
pride over the silent victory won over Satan, he handed it 
to his pastor who was profuse in his thanks. 

Yea, truly, God loveth a cheerful giver or as the original 
Greek implies, "a hilarious giver." Saints of God, give to the 
point of recklessness with God that you might experience 
the opened windows of Heaven with its copious and bounteous 
showers of blessing. — The Evangel. 



Are you a disciple of the Lord Jesus ? If so, he says to 
you, "I am with you alway." That overflows all the regrets of 
the past and all the possibilities of the future, and most cer- 
tainly, includes the present. Therefore, at this very moment, 
as surely as your eyes rest on this page so surely is the 
Lord Jesus with you. "I am" is neither "I was" nor "I will 
be." It is always abreast of our lives, always encompassing 
us with salvation. It is a splendid, perpetual "now." — Frances 
Havergal. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




Distinctive Brethren Doctrines 
and Practices 

By Rev. Dyoll Belote 




JJnointing The Sick 



(With this study we close the series of studies agreed upon with the representa- 
tives of the National W. M. S. After I had agreed to perform this service and began 
to really think seriously about it, I was tempted to renig on the agreement. But one 
cannot very safely "welch" on a bargain made with the ladies, and so I have attempted 
to give a sane and logical treatment of the subjects which I have discussed. My min- 
istering brethren may disagree with me, or think that I have neglected some points 
or topics which should have been included. If so I am sure the editor will give them 
a chance to register an expression of their views. I am closing the series with the 
study of Anointing the Sick for Healing. — D. B.) 



Anointing Sick for Healing 

It must be admitted that God has in all ages blessed in- 
dividuals with healing of the body, and from all manner of 
ailments. Specifically God promised to heal His earthly peo- 
ple Israel. He promised to bless Israel with all material 
blessings upon condition that they obey and serve Him, and 
this promise included healing of the body. He said, "I am 
the Lord that healeth thee." (Ex. 15:26.) It is easy to grasp 
the meaning of the Psalmist therefore when he admonishes 
his hearers to "Bless the Lord, my soul and forget not all 
His benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth 
all thy diseases." (Psalm 103:2, 3.) 

I do not believe that you can find promise in the New Tes- 
tament of as great material blessings to be granted to men 
universally as in the Old Testament. Ours is a dispensation 
of "spiritual" blessings which we have in Christ and are 
suggested in Eph. 1:3. These are not earthly and temporal, 
but spiritual and eternal. But it is still true that God has 
and does grant people earthly riches and possessions, even 
though He has not specifically promised to do so. At the 
same time I do not find promise that God will keep His 
people in good health at all times, free from suffering and 
affliction. (See Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 1:5-7; Phil. 3:10; 1 Peter 
4:13; 1 Thess. 3:3; 1 Peter 5:9, 10; 2 Tim. 4:5; 1:8; 3:11). 
Redemption of the body will only take place when the Lord 
returns and changes our vile bodies and fashions them like 
unto His own glorious body. Meanwhile our bodies are sub- 
ject to pain, disease, suffering, affliction and DEATH, as is 
plainly seen to be true among peoples, whether pagan, or 
civilized, Christian or non-Christian, even if they belong to 
some healing "cult." 

We read that special healing powers were granted to the 
Apostle Paul, so that handkerchiefs and aprons were brought 
to him and through his having touched them healing minis- 
tries were bestowed upon their afflicted owners. And Paul's 
healing ministry was not confined to Christians only, but 
even to the family of the heathen ruler of the island of 
Melita (Malta of our day) Paul brought healing blessing. But, 
despite these powers of healing, Paul did not get healed 
himself of the infirmities which beset him, nor yet was he 
able to heal Trophimus, Apaphroditus, or Timothy of their 



infirmities. It seems to the writer that this evident fact proves 
quite conclusively the SOVEREIGNTY of God, and that he 
reserves to Himself the power and the right to "show mercy 
upon whom he will have mercy." (Rom. 9:18) 

Some one will probably be ready by this time to ask if 
God has made no provision whatever for the healing of the 
saints in our day ? Brethren most certainly believe that there 
is such arrangement. Read James 5:14-16, and you will find 
the whole plan of God for the bodily ills of the men and 
women (saints) of our day. 

I should like to observe just here that the anointing with 
oil is not merely a service of therapeutic intent only. That it is 
a symbol of something far more meaningful is shown by the 
statement in the reference in James, "the prayer of faith 
shall save the sick." Upon another occasion we hear the 
Master say to one who came seeking a boon of blessing, "thy 
faith hath made thee whole." These outward forms are in- 
tended as aids to understanding and faith, but "thy faith 
hath made thee whole." 

Again it is clear that the anointing with oil is neither for 
the forgiveness of sin only, nor yet as a preparation for 
death. The command does not read "Is any sinful among 
you? let him call for the elders of the church and let them 
anoint him, but "is any sick" and the regular word for sick- 
ness is used here. And the implication is simple here, that 
the sickness may not be in any way connected with any per- 
sonal sin in the life of the afflicted one, for the passage 
reads, "If he have committed sins they shall be forgiven. 
Contrariwise also, if he has not committed sins, the mean- 
ing is, the promise for healing from the sickness remains. 

It is upon the passage from James 5, cited above, that 
Brethren and all who seek to practice the ordinance of 
Anointing, take their authority for the service and its ar- 
rangement. There are very definite steps in connection with 
the service, viz., 

1. "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of 
the church, ..." Two things here: "Is any sick among you, 
let him call for the elders of the church. The Scriptures do 
not command tlie elders to seek for the people to have them 
come for anointing and healing, but the call is to come from 
the person who is sick and in need of healing. And again: 



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"... let him call for the elders of the church, ..." The 
suggestion that this is a service to be officiated in by the 
elders only, is quite patent. The desire for the service to 
be expressed by the afflicted one, and the elders only to offi- 
ciate in such a service. (Under certain conditions — inability 
to secure a second elder immediately, in the presence of im- 
minent death, or when distance would be a necessary hard- 
ship in securing the second elder, a deacon, might (if he is 
an acknowledged devout man) assist in the service. And it 
would not hurt the writer's conscience to ask a minister of 
the Church of the Brethren to assist, on occasion. 

2. The elders are to "pray over him." The praying of the 
elders does not preclude prayer on the part of the afflicted 
one. The whole service is to be conducted in a prayerful at- 
mosphere and manner, but prayer by the one for whom the 
service is being conducted will help mightily to the securing 
of the favor being sought of the Almighty. And let it not be 
forgotten that the elders are to " . . . pray over him, anoint- 
ing him with oil . . ."; though the blessing sought is that of 
the inward spiritual calming of the soul, yet the outward 
symbol is to be administered. "Anointing hira with oil in the 
name of the Lord"; the Glory in it all belongs to the Lord, 
He it is who undertakes in the service, and in His name and 
for His glory should the ordinance be administered, as well 
as for the blessing of the suffering one. 

3. "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick ..." The 
Master said to a needy suppliant who came to Him, "Thy 
faith hath made thee whole." But there was vocal expression 
of desire as well as an inward feeling of confidence in the 
one from whom the favor was invoked. So, in the anointing 
service, there is prayer and faith working together, the 
prayer the outer expression of the inward spirit of confidence 
in God's pledge of blessing and healing. 

4. " . . . and the Lord shall raise him up; ... " Here are 
two questions which answer each other, and believing the 
first, we must perforce accept the second: If the Spirit is 
able to change our vile body and fashion it after the likeness 
of Christ's glorious body (Philipp. 3:21) can He not NOW 
work such slight changes as are necessary for the healing 
of afflicted bodies ? If that same Spirit can raise us up at 
the last day (John 5:28, 29) can He not raise up the sick 
now? Tw« passages of Scripture seem to me to clinch the 
whole matter; they are these: (Rom. 8:11), "If the Spirit of 
him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he 
that raised up Jesus from the dead shall give life also to 
your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you." 
And (2 Cor. 4:11) "For we who live are always delivered 
unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus may 
be manifested in our mortal flesh." 

5. "And if he have committed sins they shall be forgiven 
him." Here we reiterate a former paragraph and say that 
the implication of this sentence is simple, being this, that the 
sickness may not necessarily be in any way connected with 
any personal sin in the life of the afflicted one, for the pas- 
sage reads, "If he have committed sins they shall be for- 
given him." God's bestowals are not niggardly, His goodness 
includes the needs of both body and soul and bestows heal- 
ing for the one and forgiveness for the other, if such need 
exists. 

Another question in connection with this topic is, "To 
what extent should human remedies be used? Or shall we 
depend entirely upon the anointing service without the phy- 
sician's ministeries ? There are those who teach that trust 
in God for healing precludes the use of natural remedies, 
but your writer cannot find any condemnation of the use of 
remedies in the Scriptures. There is a passage in 2 Chron. 
16:12 which is sometimes quoted as condemning the use of 



remedies. It reads, "In his disease he sought not to the Lord, 
but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers." But 
Asa's fault was in NOT seeking unto the Lord, (not calling 
on God at all), rather than in supplementing that with what 
he could do for himself. And the woman who had spent all 
her living on physicians and was nothing better, was in the 
same class. She had neglected altogether to seek divine aid, 
and her mistake lay there rather than in the use of the physi- 
cian's services. God should come first in all our experiences 
and relationships in life. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God 
and his righteousness, and all these things (the supply of 
every need) shall be added unto you." 

And one other question comes in meditating upon this 
subject : "To what extent have we the right to pray for heal- 
ing?" There is one limitation which affects every prayer: It 
must be according to God's will. We are assured by Scripture 
that "if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth 
us (1 John 5:14). Christ Himself conformed to this limita- 
tion and prayed, "If it be possible . . . nevertheless not my 
will but thine be done" (Matt. 26:39). Some other conditions 
are these: Faith (Mark 11:24), love (Mark 11:25), obedience 
(1 John 3:22), perseverance (Luke 18:7), and in Jesus' name 
(John 14:14) — but none of these will avail without submis- 
sion to the will of God. And this submission to God's will 
brings peace and quietness of soul, and relaxation of the 
body, all of which work with the physician's ministeries to 
bring healing and restoration to normal health. 



(N. B. — In the Missionary Numbers of the Brethren Evan- 
gelist for Jan. 16, Feb. 20 and March 20, 1943, will be found 
a series of articles on the subject "Anointing for Healing," 
written by Dr. Warren D. Bowman, of Washington, D. C. I 
would heartily recommend to all who may read this discus- 
sion, and who are subscribers to the Evangelist, to look up 
these numbers of the Church Paper and read Dr. Bowman's 
discussion. — DyoU Belote.) 

— Uniontown, Pa. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Susgested Outlines 

LESSON 54 
Slibject: Peter's Mother-in-law 

1. When Jesus called his disciples and said, "Follow me" 
they forsook all they had and followed Him. The ties that 
had bound them to family, friends and work had to be cut 
ofl'. New bonds had to take the place of these. We remem- 
ber that Jesus said, "He that loveth father and mother more 
than Me is not worthy of Me." That seems to be a grave 
demand. Yet the early Christians made that sacrifice. Mat- 
thew 4:21-22; Matthew 4:18-20; Luke 14:33. 

2. We like to hear of these disciples getting back home 
once in a while. We know that James and John got to go 
go home occasionally because we read that their mother 
brought them to Jesus one day. She worshipped Him, and 
then had a favor to ask of Him. Matthew 20:20. 

3. Christ's command had been that the disciples forsake 
all and follow Him. If Peter would have been unwilling to 
do that he would not have been fit for the kingdom of God. 
Yet the Lord did not ask that they sever all relations with 
the home folks. We are glad to note that when occasion per- 
mitted, Peter visited his family. On this occasion Peter 



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brought Jesus with him and his family joined him in praise 
of his Master and Lord. Mark 1:29-31. 

4. Peter's aged mother-in-law was sick. We have reason 
to believe that she was dangerously ill. The family was con- 
cerned about her. As soon as Jesus came with his disciples, 
the family told Him of her sickness. When Jesus heard of it 
He went in to her and rebuked the fever. He then took her 
by the hand and the fever left her. Matthew 8:14, 15. 

5. We take it for granted that Peter's mother-in-law had 
been converted to the faith. The Lord 'healed her, and we 
know that most of his miracles were performed where faith 
had been accomplished. Matthew 9:29. 

6. As a dutiful mother, she arose and Vi-ent about prepar- 
ing for the needs of the young men who were her guests. 
Luke 4:38, 39. 

7. Peter's wife's mother evidently had been busy about the 
house. She did not expect to be waited upon. She had been 
in the habit of "ministering unto them." So great was that 
habit that when she was miraculously healed she immedi- 
ately went about preparing a meal. No doubt hungry Peter 
had dropped in before. S'he knew just how hungry he always 
was. This time, however, he had four other husky young men 
with him. Mark tells us that James and John were along 
with Jesus and Andrew and Peter. No doubt mother thought 
it was high time for her to be getting out of bed. And how 
thankful she was to the Gracious Person who enabled her to 
do so! Mark 1:31. 

8. Peter's mother-in-law did not start out all over the 
neighborhood telling about her thrilling experience. She had 
Jesus right in her home, and she set about ministering to his 
physical needs. Doubtless these young men were often hun- 
gry. You remember when they rubbed out the grain in their 
hands and ate it because they were hungry. We know that 
they were so busy about the affairs of God that they took 
little time to think about t'heir appetites. Too, we should re- 
member that nowhere else on earth is food so abundant as 
it is in America. They tell us that many people in the old 
country live and die without ever experiencing the satisfac- 
tion of a full stomach. Titus 2:3-5. 

9. This story interests us also because it is a mother-in- 
law story. Mother-in-law has been the object of continuous 
ridicule. True, many women invite such criticism. Many others 
do not deserve it. Many mothers-in-law are as dear to t'iieir 
sons-in-law as their own mothers. We have reason to be- 
lieve that such was the case here. We observe that Peter's 
mother-in-law was loved by all. When she became ill every- 
one joined in praying for her. She loved and was loved, and 
a beautiful harmony existed between her and the other mem- 
bers of the household. 1 John 3:18. 

10. We can learn from this miraculous recovery that Jesus 
is able to touch our bodies and heal them. Psalms 103:3. 



^ With the Laymen ^ 



THE LAYMEN WITNESSING FOR JESUS CHRIST 

- • ■ Rev. Ralph M. Singer 

President of the Pennsylvania Laymen 

"Ye shall be witnesses unto me." — Acts 1:8. 
"And ye shall also bear witness." — John 15:27. 

Laymen, Jesus has given us a challenge worthy of all our 
powers. The writer of the Acts of the Apostles tells us that 
Jesus said to his disciples, "Ye shall be witnesses unto me." 



John's gospel records the same commission, "And ye also 
shall bear witness." This same idea is stressed again in the 
gospels, "Ye are the salt of the earth; ye are the light of 
the world." "Let your light shine before men." "The works 
that I do ye shall do also." And greatest of them all, "Go ye 
into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." 

We, as laymen of the church, should not consider it merely 
our duty to witness for Jesus Christ, but should consider it 
a great privilege and honor to be an ambassador for the 
Prince of Peace. 

The story is told that when Jesus ascended into heaven 
after he had performed his mission in the flesh on earth, he 
talked with the angel Gabriel of the things he had done. 
Whereupon Gabriel asked, "But who is going to carry on 
your work now'.'" Jesus answered that he had left the re- 
sponsibility of carrying on his work with his disciples. "But 
suppose they should fail you'.'" asked Gabriel. "What other 
plan do you have'?" To which the Master answered, "I have 
no other plan." 

Our Lord and Master has left the responsibility of carry- 
ing on his work to you and me. What if we fail ? 

"Ye are my witnesses." Paul in writing to the Corinthian 
Christians said, "Ye are our epistle, known and read of all 
men." Our lives are the only Bible that some folks will ever 
read. There is no joy that can be compared to the joy of 
'having saved a soul for Christ. 

"And ye shall also bear witness." A greater number of 
souls are saved by Christian living than by precept. The 
thing that makes human personality so valuable is its capac- 
ity to serve. "Whosoever would be great among you, let him 
be your servant." Christ gave himself unstintedly. He became 
"obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." To be a 
Christian means to be Christ-like. That is a witness in our 
lives — to live a life like he lived. 

"Ye shall be my witnesses." Perhaps one of the reasons 
that the church is moving forward so slowly is because we 
have removed so much of the challenge. In spite of all our 
opportunities as laymen, we are not witnessing as greatly 
to the power of the Gospel as when the Gospel and Christian- 
ity was violently opposed. We realize that we are passing 
through perilous times, but are we going to sit down and 
pity ourselves ? If we think our conditions are bad, imagine 
Paul writing to the Philippian Christians, as he ends his let- 
ter by saying, "All saints salute you, especially they that 
are of Caesar's household." if anyone could be a Christian in 
Caesar's household, is it not time that we stop complaining 
about our reverses '? 

We, as laymen, are called upon to be witnesses. What are 
we going to do about it? 

The reason we as a Brethren denomination are small is 
our witnessing is small. Too many times we are ashamed to 
stand firmly on our faith and convictions, but conform rather 
than be thought different. Too many of us are willing to say, 
"When in Rome, do as the Romans do." But Jesus said, "Ye 
are my witnesses." God has declared that his people are a 
chosen generation, that ye should show forth the praises of 
him that 'hath called you out of the darkness into his mar- 
velous light. 

I am sincerely convinced that the Laymen have a definite 
mission to perform. There is plenty of room in God's great 
vineyard for workers. Jesus himseif made this plain when : 
he said to his disciples, "The harvest truly is plenteous but I 
the laborers are few." Our Lord does not draft workers — 
he wants us to enlist. We, perhaps, cannot all do the same ■ 
work, but there is a place where every Layman can witness. , 
"Are all apostles ? are all prophets ? are all teachers ? are i 

(Continued on page 14) 



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DR. W. I. DUKER 
President 



DEAN M. A. STUCKEY 
Treasurer 




Ic.nbing ihem to oftj.'riv nH ihing-: li'bmwi'Vcr I bavc comrvjndL-d you,' 



REV. E. L. MILLER 
Vice President 



REV. N, V. LEATHERMAN 
General SccrcUry 



DR. L E LINDOWER. Edncarion.il Dircrtor 



Tlie Pupil in the Teacliino^ Prooi-aiii of tlie Sunday School 



By Mrs. C. Y. Gilmer 



Whereas every man has his beginning, he has no end. Man 
is the only creature in the universe outside of the angels to 
whom the words "eternal" and "everlasting" have any sig- 
nificance. In the light of this we should spend much time and 
effort studying mankind and his capacities, that we may 
more efficiently point him to Christ, Whom to know is life 
eternal and evarlasting joy. 

Just as sabbath was made for man and not man for the 
sabbath, so Sunday School was made for the pupil and not 
the pupil for the Sunday School. Thus teachers, materials 
and methods need to be suited to the pupil. Jesus put His 
stamp of approval on teaching, the material to be taught, 
and those to be taught — all nations — Matthew 28:10-20. 

Man is different from the lower animals. Nature has given 
him twenty-four years in which to mature. Man lives three 
lives during his earthly existence, each with its distinctive 
characteristics and requirements, namely, the child life, one 
to twelve years, adolescent life, thirteen to twenty-four years, 
the adult life, twenty-five years and upward. At no time are 
there as many criminals made or converts won as during the 
adolescent age. Thus childhood is the whole foundation for 
later life. 

Life's success depends upon obedience to God's laws. There- 
fore the pupil must come to know and to obey God's laws. 
This should be done from the very beginning of life, for we 
need to adequately prepare from the beginning for a safe 
arrival in the haven of adult life. 

Christ came to us as a child. He might have entered the 
world as a mature adult, but he saw fit to pass through the 
long preparatory stages of infancy and adolescence and 
finally emerge into His short period of adult life. 

We are in the habit of calling upon children to follow the 
example of their elders. Christ did just the opposite. He put 
the child and not the adult in the center of the group, and 
aid, "Except ye become as little children ..." Jesus re- 
Ouked the disciples when they argued that adults had prior 
claim to His time. He said, "Suffer the little childen to come 
unto Me, and forbid them not ..." And again He said, 



"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones" for 
in heaven eternal creatures are the guardians of the little 
ones whom man is prone to despise and neglect. 

"There is just one way to make a better world, that is win- 
ning the world through childhood. The children of today 
make the world of tomoiTow. All our institutions of society, 
the home, school, church, state, business, and industry, will 
soon be in the hands of those who are now children. The 
only way we can control the future, is by what we do now 
for them, by the ideas and values of life we give them now. 
If we give them a Christian philosophy of life today, they 
will build it into their civilization tomorrow." 

The children of the world have not inherited culture and 
religion — they must be taught. The adult generation has that 
task to perform. It is the privilege of the adult generation 
to make a new, a better world out of the children if adults 
will sanctify themselves and devote sufficient time, energy, 
and money, to bring up the coming generation so that they 
know Christ, and obey Christ. 

The normal periods of conversion are at nine, twelve, fif- 
teen and eighteen. The average age of all criminals is less 
than twenty-one; the high water mark of crime is at fifteen; 
the high point of serious crimes is at seventeen. We now 
know that w^hat we do for the future must be done before 
twenty. And the attitudes of life must be largely determined 
before the age of fifteen. The greatest task in the world is 
to Christianize the childhood of the race that they may make 
a better race. 

"The Christian philosophy of life that will adequately meet 
every human need must be presented to the childhood of the 
race. The real problem is to get the adult generation to see 
the task, to assume it, and sanctify themselves for it. The. 
supreme task of the race is the Christian education of child- 
hood. Since this is our supreme cause, this will determine 
how to solve our problems. The questions of war and tem- 
perance will be solved the moment we ask the question — 

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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. CIdir Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Toptof eoprTigfat«d br the Intematioiul Sodet? of Christian Fjulra*or 
Us«d b} permission." 



Topic for February 6, 1944 

"CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR, A WORLD FELLOWSHIP" 

Scripture: Galatians 3:26-28 

For The Leader 

Christian Endeavor celebrates another birthday today. 
Since its beginning, it has grown from a single organiza- 
tion to a world wide fellowship. It includes within its mem- 
bership, young people of every race and nation of the earth. 
Tonight we want to review the method whereby young peo- 
ple of every race and color can become a part of this great 
fellowship. We want to see how young people of every color 
can be our brothers in Christ. Some of the things which meet 
our eye in the scriptures may not be in keeping with the 
popular ideas of world brotherhood, but nevertheless, it is 
God's word speaking and we must listen to it. 

DISCUSSION 

1. "YE ARE ALL THE CHILDREN OF GOD." To take 
the words of Paul in this Galatian letter as we have quoted 
them here would sound very much like the words of the 
shouting "world brotherhooders" today. They teach that since 
God created all men, that all men are children of God's. Yes, 
God did create Adam and Eve as His children, and in a 
sense He has created us, for He gave us life. However, let 
us remember that when Adam and Eve sinned, they sold 
themselves and every generation of people yet unborn, over to 
sin and Satan. Thus the whole world became a possession of 
the devil. A practical proof of this is the way the people of 
the world behave thenxselves today. Their deeds are a far 
cry from the world brotherhood of man. 

Yes, we are the children of God, but notice the further 
words of Paul in that same verse, "by faith in Christ .lesus." 
That is, faith in Christ as the very son of God, and as our 
Savior from sin. We are born again of water and the spirit, 
out of the devil's family into the family of God. Those who 
have a personal faith in Christ, and who are born again, are 
the children of God, and no others. 

2. CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR'S WORLD FELLOWSHIP. 
Originally C. E. was meant to include Christian young people 
who had made their personal acceptance of Christ. In every 
sense it should still mean this. Perhaps too often it has side 
stepped into including in its membership young people who 
have not made their confession of Christ. Such as these 
should be encouraged to attend as much as we can thereby 
seek to lead them to Christ. But the C. E. membership is 
to be of those who are Christians. Here we have the possi- 
bility of a world fellowship. For only in Christ can men and 
women of every nation on earth have a love for each other. 
Only in Christ can we say that foreigners are our Brethren. 

In becoming a Christian we at once become a part of the 
heavenly organization known as the invisible Church. Bigger 
than a nation, larger than a denomination, this Church in- 
cludes every professed believer in Christ. It is a wonderful 
feeling to know that everyvvhere throughout the world wher- 
ever young people gather in C. E. meetings that they belong 
also to that great eternal Church of our Lord. 

3. WE BELONG TO CHRIST. Every Christian young per- 
son, having thrown off the shackles of sin and bondage, at 
once becomes a possession of the One who gave His life 
for us. We are bought from Satan, and the price is the blood 



of Christ. Thus we have a duty to serve our Master, not as 
a slave serves, but as a willing and loving follower of His. 
Think what this means in terms of a world wide fellowship 
of young people. Consider the strength of Christian Endeavor 
young people in every nation and country on the earth. As 
children and followers of Christ they live for Him and serve 
Him. Think what this means in this matter of spreading the 
gospel. We should always have an outward vision of gospel 
service knowing that wherever we go with our selves, or 
our money, we are helping other young people in their wit- 
nessing. 

There are few places where we can go in this world where 
we are not near other Christian Endeavorers. True this war 
has taken a heavy toll, yet think again of the numbers of 
service boys who are Christian Endeavor members. We can 
vision the powerful testimony that is possible in this world 
wide fellowship of Christian Endeavor young people. 

4. EQUALITY AND IMPARTIALITY IN CHRIST. There 
is neither slave nor Master, neither male nor female, nor 
races, in Christ. As soon as we are Christian we are made 
equal with every other Christian. Christians do not look down 
on other races. Christians do not seek to take advantage of 
less fortunate people. Only in Christ is this possible. We are 
equal and must show impartiality towards one another. As 
soon as one person lifts his hand in power over another per- 
son of like means, then the word brotherhood is killed. Broth- 
erhood means "being equal." It is through the grace of our 
Lord that we can live peaceably and lovably with other Chris- 
tians. As C. E. members we should cultivate our friendships 
with other C. E. members. Learn to know them and love 
them more. Of those on distant shores we can read and study. 
The more we know about other Christians the more we as 
Christians can love them. It is misunderstandings and cus- 
toms that causes trouble between Christians. By the exercise 
of Christian grace we can overcome a lot of differences 
between us as we labor in the C. E. world fellowship. 

5. AT WORK IN THE C. E. WORLD FELLOWSHIP. Our 
local society is but a small part of the great world wide 
C. lE. work. This knowledge should give us a real encour- 
agement in serving Christ. Let us watch that we miss not 
the true purpose of C. E. This purpose is the spreading of 
the gospel of Christ among other young people so that they 
too might hear and be saved. What ever else we do in C. E. 
it is only a means to the end of salvation for the lost. There 
is plenty of work to do in this respect. If we are already 
busy, let's become even more zealous in our work. If we have 
become lax, now, on this birthday of C. E. let us renew our 
efforts and really work to make C. E. strong in its gospel 
preaching ministry. It is as its founder would have it. It is as 
Christ would want it. 

QUESTIONS TO STIR YOUR MEMORY 

1. How old is C. E.? 

2. On what date was it started? 

3. Who started C. E. and where was it started? 

LEADERS AND OFFICERS: What is your society doing 
about the Brethren C. E. Goals ? Time moves faster than we i 
do. Watch! lest the time be gone and the goals be not met. 
Check today! 



Angels are spirits immaterial and intellectual, the glorious i 
inhabitants of those sacred palaces where there is nothing : 
but light and immortality; no shadow of matter for tears, 
discontentments, griefs, and uncomfortable passions to work 
upon; but all joy, tranquility, and peace, even forever and 
forever, do well. — Hooker. 



February 5, 1944 



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The Children's Story 

Mrs. Loretta Carrithers, Supt. 



Dear Children: 

"He restoreth my soul." Psalm 23:3. 

Some one has said that New Year's Day is a good time to 
make good resolutions, and the other 364 days are good times 
to keep them. That is very true, but we shall need strength, 
and courage, and faith in God if we are going to keep those 
good resolutions. 

Have you resolved yet what you are going to do in the 
coming year ? There are many things in the past year which 
you ought to have done, but you did not do them; and you 
did many things which now you wish you had never done. 
You made many serious blunders and spent many unhappy 
days; but now the year has gone, and all those mistakes are 
still in your memory. 

Have you ever read that peculiar and yet interesting story 
in the "Arabian Nights?" It is a story without an ending. 
The king demanded a story of this character from the 
princes. The prince who succeeded in telling such a story was 
promised the king's daughter in marriage; but the ones un- 
successful were to have their heads cut off. Many of the 
princes brought their interesting stories to the king, but 
they were stories that could be brought to a finish, so that 
when their stories were ended their heads were cut off. One 
day a handsome, bright young prince, eager and anxious to 
marry the king's daughter, came into the king's presence 
and began to tell a story of a farmer who had a tremendous 
heap of grain which would take years to move. One day a 
little ant came there and carried one grain away, then there 
came another ant and carried another grain away, and an- 
other ant came and carried another grain away, and so on. 
The prince repeated this for many days, until the king became 
weary and tired of the story. The prince received the hand 
of the king's daughter in marriage. It was a very happy 
ending for this prince. 

Another year has just gone. Old Father Time has been 
taking away grain after grain of the year, the seconds, min- 
utes, days, weeks, and months. I wonder if the story of your 
years life is pleasing to Jesus ? I am afraid that there are 
many things that you have said and done that make you 
feel miserable when you think of them. There are many 
scars on your record. The old year is ended, and the New 
Year is before you. What are you going to do with it? Let 
us begin over again and make better use of the new oppor- 
tunities that the New Year is bringing us. 

I know of a place where our impaired lives can be re- 
stored. It is God's repair shop, where all the broken things 
of life can be mended, a place where we can go and be 
made whole again, and then go out into the world and labor 
for the Lord. God is the great soul-repairer. "He restoreth 
my soul," means to repair it also. 

Down the street is a shoe shop, and in the window these 
words, "Old shoes made like new." The shoemaker's shop 
is a place of repair. Now there is another kind of repair shop. 
It is in the presence of God and Jesus is the repairer. The 
work of Jesus is to repair or restore souls. When Jesus came 
into this world of ours he came to show man that God could 
make us whole. He came to seek and to save the lost and 
broken lives of boys and girls and of men and women. 

The New Year is before us, and how it is to be used must 
be decided by each person great or small. In the midst of a 



confused world, let us stand fast in the faith of our Lord 
Jesus this year. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



BULLETIK BOAR© SUGGESTIOHS 
Suggested b'y Rev. E. ]. Beehjey 

1. You Can't Do It If You Don't Try. 

2. The Bible promises no loaves to the loafer. 

3. As HIS custom was HE went into the synagogue on the 
Sabbath Day. 

4. Wild Oats thrive in religious drought. 

5. Christians are like pianos — grand, square, upright, and no 
good unless in tune. 

6. There is no prospect in reduction in the wages of sin. 

7. Let us kneel before Jehovah, our Maker. 

8. The feeblest knock may open heaven's door. 



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A Letter From Across the Water 

(Because we appreciate communications from our soldier 
boys who are across the "big pond" and, especially, when 
they speak such words of appreciation for The Evangelist, 
we are sharing this letter which was written by Arthur H. 
DeLozier, son of the late Prof. A. L. DeLozier, with our 
readers. It will be of interest to many readers because many 
of you know him. — Editor) 



January 3, 1944. 



Dear Rev. Vanator: 



Greetings from England! I have been receiving all the 
issues of the Brethren Evangelist and look forward with 
keen interest to each new issue. Even though the copy is a 
month or more old, it is still news to me. You cannot begin 
to realize how much each issue of The Evangelist means to 
me. I do not just scan it, but carefully read each word. It is 
a wonderful source of inspiration and helps me in my every- 
day life by strengthening my spiritual life and renewing 
my hope and courage for the future. 

The Evangelist keeps me in close contact with the church 
news and I learn to have a better understanding of the prob- 
lems facing the church during war time. I have shared sev- 
eral copies of The Evangelist with some of my friends, in- 
cluding the British. They all seemed to obtain an abundance 
of spiritual blessing from reading them. 

I read recently in The Evangelist two articles telling about 
the work of the American Red Cross, as presented by Harry 
Dotson and Reid Thompson. I can vouch for everything that 
they had to say about the Red Cross. The Red Cross is a 
wonderful organization and they are doing marvelous things 
to help the soldier in every way possible. When a soldier 
finds himself in some strange city, he will invariably ask 
for the location of the Red Cross Club. My, what fine ac- 
commodations can be had! They make you feel at home. I 
have also received numerous gifts from the Red Cross, such 
as sewing kit, soap with container, shoestrings, comb, V-mail, 
razor blades, shoe polishing cloth, woolen sweater, woolen 
gloves, woolen scarf and headgear. 

I^ast Friday I received the Annual number of The Evange- 
list, containing the minutes of the last General Conference, 



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etc. Many thanks. I greatly appreciate it. 

I have been regularly attending the Sunday evening ser- 
vices of the local Methodist Church and have made some new 
friends there. The British people are very friendly and hos- 
pitable. One particular family, I have in mind, told me that 
I was free to come to their home at any time and make it 
as my "home away from home." I hate to impose an them 
by too frequent visits, but their generosity is surprisingly 
over-abundant. I try not to eat too much of their food, as I 
realize that food is not plentiful and everything is saved. 
Nothing is wasted or thrown away. The American people 
would do well to follow this example set up by the British. 

For the benefit of my numerous friends throughout the 
brotherhood, I wish that you would have my address printed 
in The Evangelist. I would so greatly appreciate receiving 
some letters. Mail is the most important morale builder in 
a soldier's life. Even more important than eating. 
Sincerely yours, 
Arthur H. DeLozier, 
. .. ._ Sec. 8, Sqdn— B, B. A. D.— No. 2, 

A.P.O.— 635, C/0 Postmaster, 
. , - New York City. ■ < 



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THE PUPIL IN THE TEACHING PROGRAM OF THE 
SUNDAY SCHOOL 

(Continued from page 11) 

what is good for childhood? Nothing is good for the race that 
is not good for childhood." 

"The child has the right to be well born. Millions of chil- 
dren are handicapped in the race of life by the sins of the 
parents. The child has a right to get a good start in life, a 
healthy body and normal powers. The child has a right to a 
good environment. All maladjustments in liomes and com- 
munity should be harmonized for the sake of the child. When 
people become aware that their sin and selfishness is damning 
the coming generation, they will be more careful to do that 
which is right. The Christian ideal demands this. Christian 
love impels us to do that which is good for others." 

The life of a child unfolds like a flower. The child should 
be helped so that he will act of his own initiative. He must 
be brought to cooperate with the teacher. The child life is 
plastic. By the age of three parents have done more than 
one half of what they will ever do for their child. At the 
age of three the child exercises his will upon his mother. 
The will of the child should be suppressed or encouraged 
according to his assertiveness. 

Before four the child knows right from wrong solely by 
imitation. His religion will be a reflection of the religion 
about him. His moral habits and attitudes will be largely 
determined by others. A "spoiled child" is not to be blamed. 
Adult approval or disapproval of his first acts will be far 
reaching. Mrs. Wesley brought her boys, Charles and John, 
up on "prayer and hickory." By the time a child is seven 
he has reached three-fourths of his education. 

Children are not born atheists — through neglect they be- 
come so. A child is born with a right to know God. He has 
the capacity to know God and to worship Him. But he must 
be taught to pray and praise and revere by precept and ex- 
ample. The best way for a child to learn to fear God is to see 
and know a real Christian. 

Paul said to Timothy: "From a child thou hast known the 
Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation 
. . . continue thou in the things which thou hast learned." 
The mother of Theodore Cuyler refused the gift of a law 
library when he was three years old, saying, "Theodore is 



going to be a minister." The success of the Catholic Church 
lies in their belief that the religious life can be planned. 

When Protestantism threatened to sweep Romanism from 
Europe Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier conceived a plan 
of reaching the children and rearing up a new generation of 
lovers and defenders of Rome. They say, "Give us the chil- 
dren until they are seven and anyone may have them after- 
ward." A child is wax to receive and granite to retain. If 
you were to write your name upon a brick so that it would 
remain, would you write it before or after it was baked? 

The teaching program must be adequate to include pupils 
of all ages. Prayer, Bible reading and all Christian obser- 
vances are the result of religious discipline. They may be 
formed in any period of life — but by the age of thirty an 
individual has fashioned the groove in which his life will 
run. By that age 99/100 of all a man does he does automat- 
ically. 

Christianity is a personal religion. God must speak to the 
individual. The Holy Spirit must speak personally to him. 
He must come to accept Christianity not because he sees 
others taking the step, but because his own vrill responds to 
the personal appeal of God. 

— Vinco, Pa. 

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WITH THE LAYMEN 



all workers of miracles?" 1 Cor. 12:29. "But I covet earnest- 
ly the best gifts and yet shew I unto you a more excellent 
way." 1 Cor. 12:31. 

There are a lot of things which we have neglected in the 
past which have cost us dearly. But let us forget those things 
which are behind and reach forth unto those things which 
are before. In this coming year we should show an increased 
interest in our Brethren Institutions. Pray for our young 
folks that there may be a great number of them give their 
lives to a life-service for our Master. Brethren, let us pray as 
if everything depended on God, and work as if everything 
depended on us. "Ye are my witnesses." 

"Dare to do right; dare to be true; 

Other men's failures can never save you. 

Stand by your conscience, your honor, faith; 

Stand like a hero and battle to death." 

— Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 

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MORNING 
By Ora W. Garber 

When low-hung mists have been dissolved 
And low-hung clouds have cleared away, 
When higher climbs the morning sun 
To add its splendor to the day. 
The fears that stalked our dim-lit paths. 
The shadows which have caused us fright. 
Will vanish and we'll know that they 
Were but the phantoms of the night. 

Thus will it be when earth-born mists 
And earth-born clouds have been dissolved. 
When we before our God shall stand, 
Of sins forgiven, of guilt absolved; 
The phantoms that have haunted us. 
Grim spectres of the night that's past. 
Will vanish and we'll know that we 
Have reached the Father's home at last. 

— Gospel Messenger. 



February 5, 1944 



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The 

Business 

Manager's 

Corner 



By George S. Baer 



SEND EVANGELIST TO SERVICE MEN 

The Ashland Church is sending our church paper to all 
their young men who have gone into armed forces of the 
country. This is a service that will be widely appreciated, 
and it is a simple matter to do for those boys who are yet 
in the States, but for the boys who are overseas, this is 
the way to proceed: Write to the boys and ask them to re- 
quest the paper, then your church is at liberty to send it to 
them. Otherwise you will have to send it as first class mat- 
ter. But if it is to be sent as second class matter, you must 
have the written request of the service men and we are re- 
quired to stamp each piece thus sent out. The letter of ap- 
preciation which the Editor publishes this week from Arthur 
H. DeLozier is an example of how such thoughtfulness will 
be received by the boys from your church. 

Everybody get somebody else to subscribe to The Evangelist 

TRACTS WILL COME SOON 

It will not be long before we will be able to give attention 
again to the Doctrinal Tract reprinting campaign. Not all 
the tracts that we desire to reprint have been sponsored as 
yet. If there are other churches or individuals who want to 
get in on that splendid piece of Gospel service, send us a 
check for $25.00, which will pay the cost of reprinting the 
ordinary small tracts and we will print your name on the 
tract you sponsor. By the way, if your pastor has a tract, 
or material for making a tract of permanent worth, and your 
church would like to sponsor the printing of it, \\Tite us 
about it. 

Everybody give somebody a new subscription to The Evange- 
list this year. 

WE HAVE A SUPPLY 

of Alexander Mack's "Rites and Ordinances" at 40 cents 
per copy. There ought to be a copy in every Brethren home. 
It would be good missionary work for a Sunday school class, 
or Missionary Society to purchase a supply and sell them 
or give them away on promise to read it through. 

Every church put on a "IftO percent" campaign for .Sub.scrip- 
tions this year. 

"ABUNDANT LIVING" 

is the title of a little book by E. Stanley Jones widely rec- 
ommended as the best he has yet written. It is a "new 
and truly dynamic book of inspirational and devotional read- 
ings for our times." It sells for $1.00. Send your order direct 
to us. We have a number of copies on hand. 

If your church is short on Evangelist Subscriptions, work 
overtime to get more. 



WORKING SHORT-HANDED 

We are in the same boat as practically every other busi- 
ness concern — we are working short-handed — and there 
doesn't seem to be much hope that the situation will change 
very soon. We have tried in vain to get the needed help on 
every hand. That means that it will take a little longer than 
normally to get changes in address made and to get new 
stencils made for new subscriptions. But we are trying to 
overcome delays as fast and as much as possible, and some 
of us are putting in much overtime to do it. 

Next to your Bible you should read your church paper, and 
get some one else to read it. 

SUGGESTED BOOKS FOR YOUR READING 

For young people: "Home Builders for Tomorrow" ($1.00) 

For Boys: "When Boj's Ask Questions" (Paper, 60c) 

For Girls: "Christian Girls and Their Problems" (Paper, 

90c) 

For Bible Students: "Basic Beliefs" by Edward Frantz 

($1.25) 
For those interested in Brethren History: "The Story of 

Our Church" by J: E. Miller of the Church of the Brethren 

($1.25) 

For the Children: "Bible Story Book," Elsie E. Egermeier 

($2.00) 




News From Our 
Churches 



AKRON CO-OPERATIVE CHURCH 
AKRON, INDIANA 

In December an impressive service was held in the Akron, 
Indiana, Co-operative Brethren Church, when two deacons 
and their wives were installed. Dr. R. F. Porte of Warsaw, 
helped our pastor, Rev. William Overholtzer, in this service. 

We held our member's meeting on January 19th. At this 
meeting it was decided to establish a Building Fund and to 
elect a Building Fund Treasurer. We e.xpect to use this 
money at a later date to build an addition to our church. 
At some time in the near future we plan a dedication of 
this fund. 

Starting February 20th Dr. Charles A. Bame will conduct 
a two weeks' evangelistic meeting at our church. We are 
praying for these meetings that they may be a means by 
which souls will be saved and everyone attending shall re- 
ceive a great spiritual uplift. Will you join us in praying for 
this meeting? 

Velma Bright, Cor. Sec. 



All believers receive of Christ's fulness ; the great- 
est saints cannot live without Him ; the weakest saint 
may live by Him. — Matthew Henry. 



There is nothing more to be esteemed than a man- 
ly firmness and decision of character. 



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The twenty playlets and dramatizations in this 
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Volume LXVI Number 7 

February 12, 1944 



The Brethren Evangelist 



The Brethren Evangehst 

Published fifty weeks of the year at 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING CO. 

ASHLAND, OHIO 

PRUDENTIAL COMMITTEE 

J. E. Stookey, President 

N. G. Kimmel, Vice President 

J. G. Dodds, Secretary-Treasurer 

EDITOR OF PUBLICATIONS 

F. C. Vanator 

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INTERESTING ITEMS 



THE EDITOR HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF PREACHING 
both morning and evening on January 30th at the Smithville, 
Ohio, Brethren Church, while their pastor. Brother J. G. 
Dodds began an evangelistic meeting at Masontown, Penn- 
sylvania, for Brother Freeman Ankrum. We are glad to re- 
port a very fine time and two very attentive audiences. 

WHILE AT SMITHVILLE THAT DAY, Brother Newton 
Bliler, who recently had the sad experience of having death 
come to his companion, came to the editor and placed an en- 
velope in his hand containing a check for $50.00 which he 
wanted placed to the credit of the Smithville Brethren Church 
for the Publication Day Offering. He gave this offering in 
memory of his wife, saying he felt there could be no better 
memorial to her memory than this sum placed in the hands 
of the Publication Board for the furtherance of the work of 
the Kingdom. Thanks, Brother Bliler. May God's richest 
blessing be upon you. 

LET US PRAY FOR THE EVANGELISTIC MEETINGS. 
We note that there are several in progress — Bryan, Mason- 
town, Tiosa, and no doubt others. Prayer helps. Distance is 
no barrier to God and His people. 

BROTHER H. D. HUNTER, writing from North Manches- 
ter, Indiana, informs us that the next Northern Indiana Lay- 
men's Meeting will be held in Warsaw, Indiana, on Monday 
evening, March 6th. 

FROM THE PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, Bulletin 
we learn that Sunday, January 23rd was the Fifty-fourth An- 
niversary of the organization of that church. Also that there 
were three additional baptisms administered on Tuesday, 
January 25th, and these three were received into the church 
on Sunday, January 30th. Brother W. S. Crick is the pastor. 

WE LEARN FROM THE BERLIN, PENNSYLVANIA, 
Bulletin, Brother S. M. Whetstone, pastor, that the four Wed- 
nesday evenings in February are being devoted to "definite 
things we can do for Christ." This ought to be very inter- 
esting and provocative of "good works." We also learn that 
^ "" our good Brother J. Ray Klingensmith spoke in Berlin on 

^^^^^„^^j^^^^ ^^^^.^^^^^»^^^— ^^^^^^^^^» Wednesday evening, January 19th. 

MUCH INTEREST IS BEING SHOWN in the Wednesday 
^ ^J N T E N T S evening services at the First Brethren Church in Ashland, 

Ohio, Brother L. V. King, pastor. Dean M. A. Stuckey had 

- charge of the service of February 2nd, bringing the study on 

the "Anoniting Service." About sixty-five were present for 

Interesting Items ^ ^^^^ ^^^^jy^ j^^ ^ g^ Lindower has charge of the two studies 

The Benevolent Offering of 1944 — Fred C. Vanator 3 on "The Holy Communion" on February 9 and 16, and Dr. 

« XT „p -tahn C Eck 4 ^" ^' ^"^'^y ^i" speak on the subject of "Baptism" on Feb- 

ruary 23. 
Privilege and Duty — Rev. E. M. Riddle 5 ^^^^_^^^_^^^^_^^^^^^^_______________^__ 

National Goals Program— Goal V— Rev. L. V. King 6 WHERE TO SEND YOUR OFFERINGS 

"The Subject, or What to Teach" — Rev. Dyoll Belote 8 WHITE GIFT 

Wedding Announcements 9 Dean M. A. Stuckey, Treasurer, 

Ashland College News Letter 10 ^23 Samaritan Avenue, 

Ashland, Ohio 
Prayer Meeting Department 10 PUBLICATION DAY 

The Children's Story 10 ^^^ Brethren Publishing Company, 

Christian Endeavor Topic for February 13 and 20 12 524 College Avenue, 

, .J . T> . ij Ashland, Ohio. 

Laid to Rest 14 ' 

^, „ ^ ^^ ^ ,^ BENEVOLENT OFFERING 

News From Our Churches 15 

Rev. L. V. King, Treasurer, 
Pennsylvania District News 16 ggj^ College Blvd. 

The Business Manager's Corner 16 Ashland, Ohio. 



February 12, 1944 



13he benevolent Offering of 1944 

Rev. Fred C. Vanator, President Benevolent Board 



We step out of the role of Editor right now for a 
few moments and speak as one of the members of 
the Brethren's Home and Benevolence Board. 

It seems but only a few weeks ago that we were 
busy writing an article for the appeal for the Benev- 
olent offering of 1943. The appeal which went out 
was heeded in a very magnificent manner and we 
were very thankful. 

You will remember when we wrote last year in 
connection with the appeal for the offering that we 
said, "As the years go on we feel that the church- 
at-large should have sufficient interest in the Home 
to seek to liquidate the indebtedness thereon, and 
to furnish a greater surplus in the Minister's Fund." 
You heeded the call and gave us a sufficient offer- 
ing so that we were able to liquidate the indebted- 
ness on the Home. For at last Conference time we 
were able to hand the Treasurer of the National 
Woman's Missionary Society a check for the 
full $3,000.00 covering the mortgage note held 
by these good women, and by so doing we cleared 
the Home of debt. And so far, we have been able to 
meet all obligations to date. Of course we remind 
you that we would not have been entirely able to 
do this with just the offering that you sent us, but 
because we had had some other monies come our 
way, we were able to pay the debt and have money 
to assume all the other obligations of the Home. But 
hold this in mind that it was the increased offerings 
that permitted us to do this. 

BUT — and there seems always to be a "but" in the 
explanations concerning Church Boards, and their 
work — we must tell you that we will have to con- 
tinue the "good work" of "good offerings" to keep 
going as we have. We hope, of course, there will be 
no "lean" years ahead, but we have no assurance 
of continued prosperity that will have no end. So in 
the "prosperous" years we should lay up against the 
"lean" years that are sure to come some time. We 
can NOW, and we should NOW. 

In Brother King's article on Goal V, of our Na- 
tional Goals Program, treating of Benevolent Inter- 
ests, near the bottom of page 7 of this issue, he 
speaks of the "lesser Boards," and then rightly 
raises the question, "If there are such?" We feel 
that no REAL Interest of the Brethren Church is 
in any way subordinate to any other "interest." Each 
interest is so interwoven with the others that to de- 
stroy or neglect one, tends to destroy or neglect all 
others. The Master's entire program is made up of 
three words — "Come, Go, Give," and the word 



"GIVE" is by no means any less important than the 
other two. In fact it should have the predominence, 
for one cannot "Come" without giving, neither can 
he "Go" without giving. 

There is one thing we so often forget — that is, 
that the Benevolent Interest is really and in fact 
TWO Interests. The offering, regardless of its size, 
whether large or small, MUST be divided between 
two parts of the work of the Benevolent Board — 
The Brethren's Home at Flora, Indiana, and the Su- 
perannuated Minister's Fund. This should be remem- 
bered when we put our offering into the envelope 
which has been provided for your gifts. Why not 
double what you thought of giving and give us a 
"real honest-to-goodness" offering? Well, why not? 

We would, indeed, be ungrateful if we did not 
pause here long enough to thank the good women of 
the National Woman's Missionary Society for their 
splendid support. They do more than lend money — 
they GIVE IT. Just recently the Treasurer of the 
National Society, Mrs. M. A. Stuckey, placed a check 
for $600.00 in the hands of our Treasurer, a gift 
from the National Society. They seldom fail to re- 
member the needs of the Benevolent Board in their 
annual Conference meetings and often give us a sur- 
prise "budget" offering. And so we want to say a 
very earnest "Thank You" to them and to tell them 
that this money, backed by their prayers and en- 
couragement means much to the Benevolent Board. 

And, moreover, they do not stop there, for they 
often send gifts direct to the Home and furnish such 
things as comforts and curtains and the like, which 
means a material saving of money in the support of 
the Home. 

But to get back to the present appeal. We would 
like to have a 100% return from the churches. This 
has never been entirely accomplished. But we feel 
sure that if the various churches would take this 
matter to heart, they would each send an offering 
to our Treasurer, Rev. L. V. King. Nothing would 
make his heart so glad as to make a list of all the 
churches contributing, and find it to be 100%. 

Send in your offering just as soon as you can after 
the date of February 27th, which is the Sunday set 
apart for the lifting of this offering. We will pub- 
lish the names of the first ten churches to send in 
their offering, and we will not include Ashland in 
this list, for that would not be fair. Come, on, now, 
let us have the largest Benevolence offering in the 
history of the church ! 



The Brethren Evangelist 



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The Brethren Home — Front View 



We are indeed grateful to such Brethren as John 
Early and his sister, Lydia Fox, and to Henry Rine- 
hart, that they had the vision of a Home and love for 
the Brethren in that they provided the means or at 
least part of such means to make our Home, as we 
know it today, where Brethren ministers and their 
companions, as well as any member of THE BRETH- 
REN CHURCH can enter and find rest and shelter, 

at that time in 
life when the sun 
begins to set in 
years in the life 
that has been 
spent in the ser- 
vice of the Breth- 
ren Church. 

Home is a 
dwelling place — ■ 
an abode, and as 
such we are try- 
ing and doing our 
best to maintain 
the BRETHREN 
HOME. The 
Brethren that 
have taken ad- 
vantage of our 
Home as an abode 
from time to 
time, for the most part have found it a haven of 
rest. No one would expect to find this home as a 
home like their private home, but very few of the 
older brethren had the modern conveniences such as 
we can offer you when you become a resident or life 
member of the HOME. 

There are some twenty different references in The 
Book about a home. One you will recall is the scene 
at the cross, when Jesus, looking at that beloved dis- 
ciple, said, "Behold thy mother," and that disciple 
took her to his own home. Each one of us is looking 
for a home in the future, one way or another. This 
same Jesus is preparing a HOME for each one who 




John Early 



OUR HOME 

JOnn C. ECK 

Publicity Director of the Benevolent Board 




is willing to meet the conditions of entrance into 
that beautiful home beyond this place of prepara- 
tion, and our prayer is that there may be none that 
shall not be prepared to enter in at the pearly gate. 

We have an earthly home prepared and we have 
ample room for more Brethren in our Home, and the 
condition of entrance is not difficult. So we are hop- 
ing that some of you may want to change your abode 
and take refuge in this fine HOME before you are 
called to that eternal home. 

You may secure informa- 
tion and application for 
either a resident member 
or a life member by ad- 
dressing your request to 
Rev. L. V. King, 931 Col- 
lege Blvd., Ashland, Ohio, 
or Rev. Fred C. Vanator, 
141 College Avenue, Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

May each of us be grate- 
ful and thankful at the 
close of this year that we 
have had an opportunity to 
help support the cause of 
Benevolences of the Breth- 
ren Church in a way that we can give a gooid ac- 
counting of our Stewardship. 

Our prayer is that if you never have had an op- 
portunity of a visit to the Brethren Home, which, 
we hope, you may some day have, that your support 
will be given in such a way that you may join in 
the testimony of the great host of contributors and 
that you may be glad when you enter the Strait 
Gate in the Eternal Home that you have been of 
help to the material Home of the Brethren here on 
this earth. Thus you may be blessed by Him who 
made the Home Eternal and perpetuated it by His 
death on the cross in order that we might become 
heirs to that same Eternal Home. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. 

• * • 

WORDS OF APPRECIATION 

The following words of appreciation have come to 
the Publicity Director, Brother John Eck, from 



Lydia Fox 



February 12, 1944 



some of those who have been receiving pension 
monies from the Benevolence Board: 

Ashland, Ohio. 
Dear Brother Eck: 

Please accept my grateful thanks for the help I 
receive from the Superannuated Minister's Fund of 
our church, for which I am very thankful and which 
I appreciate so much. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley. 
* * * * 

Winona Lake, Indiana 
Dear Brother Eck : 

The time has come when we are again permitted 
to express our appreciation to the Benevolence Board 
through the Benevolence Number of The Brethiwi 
Evangelist. 

We are not only thankful at this one time of the 
year, but on every one of the three hundred and six- 
ty-five days. Sometimes we are discouraged and 
down-hearted and then the check comes from the 
Benevolence Board and we realize that somebody 
cares. So we take up our duties and go on with 
lighter hearts. 

This is our opportunity to thank each one of you 
who help to make this possible. May the offering 
this year be a blessing to each one who gives, even 
as it is to those of us who receive. 

Thank you, 
Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter. 

* * * * 

Fort Scott, Kansas 

Dear Brother Eck and all the members of the Benev- 
olence Board, and every member of The Brethren 
Church far and near that have had a part in making 
this work possible. 

It is a pleasure for me to make an effort (feeble 
though it may be) to express my gratitude to The 
Brethren Church for their gifts to Benevolences, 
gifts which are disbursed by the Board, to us who 
are the recipients. May the Brethren Church hold 
fast to the faith and her Bible doctrines. 

I have faith in our beloved church that she will 
outride all the storms and be ready when our dear 
Lord comes for His own. 

May the dear Lord bless you all. i 

Thank you again. 

Anna M. Wood. 



"God hides Himself within the love 

Of those whom we love best; 

The smiles and tones that make our homes 

No man has ever been bitter and happy at the 

Are shrines by Him possessed." — Gannett. 



PRIVILEGE AND DUTY 

By E. M. Riddle 
Second Vice President of the B£nevolem,t Board 

The Publicity Director of the Brethren's Home and 
Benevolent Board, Brother John Eck, has requested 
another appeal for the Benevolence work of the 
Church, so again I will try to comply. 

The general brotherhood will never know just how 
well and faithfully some members of the Board and 
many others in our church have actually lived the 
words of my subject. So many have counted it all 
joy and a genuine Christian privilege to help carry 
on our benevolent ministry, through the Home at 
Flora, Indiana, and through the Superannuated Fund 
for aged ministers and their widows. 

It is our duty to be sure to give such care, but, as 
servants of the Lord, it becomes easier and much 
more joyfully done when counted a privilege — that 
is, to reckon it a joy to serve with time, talent and 
money. Our blessed Lord once said, "Inasmuch as 
ye have done it unto one of the least of these my 
brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

Therefore to serve the aged, the infirm, the lonely, 
by providing a lovely, clean and commodious Home, 
is surely acceptable to our Lord and counted by Him 
as good work from His children. 

In Philippians 2:12, Paul is writing to people who 
already have salvation, and he tells them to work it 
out to others, "for it is God who worketh in you." 
Verse 13. James speaks of good works, not as a 
means of salvation; but as an evidence of salvation 
— summing up the matter in verse 18 v/hen he says, 
"Show me thy faith without thy works, and I will 
show thee my faith by my works." 

We conclude, therefore, that the children of God 
will want to witness to their salvation by service to 
others. Such people shall count it a joyous privilege 
to again help support this worthy appeal — the Breth- 
ren's Home and the Superannuated Ministers' Fund. 

— Louisville, Ohio. 

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YE THAT HAVE FAITH 
By Owen Seaman 

Ye that have faith to look with fearless eyes 

Beyond the tragedy of a world at strife, 

And know that out of death and night shall rise 

The dawn of ampler life; 

Rejoice, whatever anguish rend the heart. 

That God has given you the priceless dower 

To live in these great times and have your part 

In freedom's crowning hour, 

That ye may tell your sons who see the light 

High in the heavens — their heritage to take — 

"I saw the powers of darkness take their flight; 

I saw the morning break." 



The Brethren Evangelist 



THE NEW 
NATIONAL PROGRAM 

WHAT CAN' I DO ABOUT IT? 

Rev! J. G. Dodds 
Chairman National Goals Committee 

GOAL 5 



V. BENEVOLENT BOARD GOALS: 

1. A yearly Superannuated Ministers Offering from 
all the churches which will create a fund in the 
amount that will allow every officially retired min- 
ister, ha\dng a continuous tenure of Brethren 
Church membership, to be paid a salary equal to one 
dollar per month for every year spent in the ac- 
tive ministry of The Brethren Church. 

2. A yearly income for the Brethren Home from 
Benevolent Offerings and the Farm to make the 
Home self-supporting, and thus enable the Home 
to fulfill its mission as stated in the charter. 



Goal V — Benevolent Interests 

Rev. L. V. King 

Treasurer of the Benevolent Board 

Here are two goals presented by the National 
Conference Goals Committee, none of which com- 
mittee are members of the Benevolent Board. And 
these Goals were approved by the National Confer- 
ence. They are goals which ask for considerable 
more than your Benevolent Board has asked of the 
Church in the years past. They are goals which have 
a long forward look and when once realized will 
bring to pass a dream not only of the Benevolent 
Board but of many in the Brethren Church. Perhaps 
your Benevolent Board has not asked enough of the 
Church in the past. We may not have had vision 
large enough to make a really challenging program 
for the Church. If not, here, at least, you have such 
a program. As a Board we approve of the Goals and 
we believe they are within the scope of the Breth- 
ren Church. They are dreams that can become a real- 
ity. And it is gratifying to the Benevolent Board for 
others to come out with such a program to the 
Church at large. 

The first reads : "A yearly Superannuated Minis- 
ters' Offering from all the Churches which will cre- 
ate a fund in the amount that will allow every offi- 
cially retired minister, having a continuous tenure 
of Brethren Church membership, to be paid a salary 
equal to one dollar per month for every year spent 
in the active ministry of the Brethren Church." ,, 




The Brethren Home — Side View 

Now let us make some comparisons. This year we 
are paying more per month than we have been able 
to pay for some time due to the generous offering 
of the past year. Three Ministers and their wives 
are receiving $400.00 each for the year. This new 
goal would mean that a Minister retiring after 50 
years of continuous service would receive $600.00 
per year. If he were compelled to retire because of 
ill health after 25 years of continuous service he 
would receive $300.00. This new plan is based on 
service rendered and not upon need. 

We have two on the list now who could not qualify 
for the full 50 years of continuous service because 
ill health came to them in somewhat younger years 
of life. But this is the exception, I believe, and there- 
fore the plan would work out satisfactory in the 
majority of cases. It would at least be a challenge 
to the Ministers to begin their ministry while young 
and work toward a continuous ministry. If all our 
Ministers had done this in the past we would not be 
so short of Pastors today. So the New Goal will not 
only be a challenge to the Church at large, but also 
to the Minister himself. 

The second goal reads: "A yearly income for the 
Brethren Home from Benevolent Offerings and the 
farm to make the Home self-supporting and thus en- 
able the Home to fulfill its mission as stated in the 
Charter." 

This is a goal your Benevolent Board has longed 
for these many years. There was a time when the 
Home was self-supporting due to larger and more 
annuities, wills and entrance fee requirements. And 
there was a time when there were more life mem- 
bers in the Home than we now have. Too, the Home 
had several farms which brought in a larger yearly 
income than the present 40 acres can produce. But 
with the dwindling of income these had to be sold 
to care for the budget. The selling of them, how- 
ever, did not mean much loss to the Home as the 
mortgages on them kept growing instead of decreas- 
ing. 

So all of us would welcome the realization of this 
goal. And may I say that we are again moving in 



February 12, 1944 



the right direction. Things are looking better each 
year due to careful management at the Home and to 
increase of gifts by the Church as well as the re- 
ceiving again of some life members who have given 
us some financial help. 

How long we can keep this up the future will re- 
veal. For the Conference voted to allow any one to 
become a life member who was in good standing 
with the Church and who could qualify from the 
medical angle, regardless of the money they had to 
give to the Board. 

It does however, seem strange that in the early 
history of the Home when the entrance fee was high 
there were more life members than today when the 
entrance fee is no more a consideration or require- 
ment. And it does seem strange that many other 
Homes have a long waiting list, and most of these 
Homes require a large entrance fee, while we are 
asking for life members and willing to receive them 
regardless of the money they possess. 

But what can we do about it? This is the general 
question asked of all these Conference Goals. The 
answer is simple enough. It is the same old answer 
that we have heard for years, but not heeded. 

First ive can and we must yray about it. For sin- 
cere earnest prayer does prevail and will bring the 
results desired. Prayer stands at the foundation of 
every well accomplished program. It has been the 
basis of the forward program in our Missionary ef- 
forts. Already we see splendid results in our Semi- 
nary. And every other Board will realize the same 
thing IF and WHEN prayer assumes its rightful 
place. 

Second, ive can enlarge our gifts, at least a little 
each year thus bringing about a steady but well built 
realization toward the accomplishment of these goals. 
If each giving member were to increase their offer- 
ing just $1 this year it would mean $1000.00 or more 
additional for the work of the Benevolent Board. 
And this is possible. 

But we should not stop here. More of our mem- 
bers should share in this worthy cause. I am sure 
we would be safe in saying that only about 50% 
of the members of the local Churches share in the 
special offerings. The percentage may be higher for 
the Missionary Offerings, but it may even be lower 
for the other special offerings of the Church. Now 
if we could get some of these, say half of them, to 
contribute something this new year, it would bring 
in another $1000.00. And which one of our lesser 
Boards, if there are such, would not welcome 
$2000.00 more this year than last year? 

Here at Ashland we are making an effort to reach 
all our isolated and inactive members through let- 
ters and throught the weekly calendar. And one of 
the best investments a local Church can make is to 
see that all the isolated members receive the week- 



ly calendars. And our members who live away from 
Ashland are helping in a large way to increase the 
the offerings of our Church. It is a part of the se- 
cret of the increased offerings coming from this 
Church. Most of these are reached by the Missionary 
Board because they sent yearly material for the of- 
fering and thus they give to this cause. But they are 
not usually reached by the other offerings unless 
the local Church reaches them with this material. 

Every member of the Church ought to feel that 
every Board is a definite responsibility that belongs 
to them. And that they can share by making a yearly 
contribution. The truth is that a few make the sac- 
rifice but the rest sit by, glad that others do give. 
They should be made to see that they are missing 
the blessing of giving. 

In the third place, ive must constantly keep the 
goals before our people. We can do this through our 
weekly calendars and by having various organiza- 
tions sponsor cei'tain of these goals. When once our 
people feel the need, they will respond. But the rea- 
son so few give is because so few hear about the 
need. Our people need to be taught the importance 
of every organization and Board of the Church at 
large. Too few people yet realize that the local work 
of the Church grows only to the extent that the 
Church becomes unselfish and share her gift with 
others. 

What can we do about it? Practice these three sim- 
ple suggestions. If we do it will mean a realization of 
all the National Goals of Conference. 

— Ashland, Ohio. 



§n§n§ 

In the Secret of His Presence ,,.. 

Sometimes I shut the door on all the world 

And go alone to that most secret place 

Where there is only God, 

Just God and I ! Then ^ 

Together we go over subtle acts, 

Mistakes and small hypocrisies of mine, 

I strip myself from shams and shackles free 

And stand aghast at my duplicity. 

And while I find it often hard to bear, 

The burning of God's knowing eyes on me, 

I feel me stronger grow from just their gaze; 

And my nakedness, it seems to me, is clothed 

In raiment new that is most wondrous fair. 

When next I venture forth. Sincerity 

Is the gift that God in secret gave to me. — Read 

'Tis better to aim at a star and hit a stump than to 
aim at a stump and hit the ground. — Uncle Peter. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



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DEAN M. A, STUCKEY 
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REV. E. L. MILLER 
Vice President 



REV N. V. LEATHERMAN 
Genera! Secretary 



OR. I- E LINDOWER. Educationjl Dircctot 



THE SUBJECT, OR WHAT TO TEACH? 

Rev. DyoU Belote 

Delivered at the hit. Pteasant, Pa., Sunday School Gathering 



I am not sure but that if I had taken a sober, second 
thought when this topic was suggested to me I should have 
declined the honor. The longer I have meditated upon the 
subject the more I have imagined I have sensed possible en- 
tanglements in trying to discuss the subject. If I did not 
have the utmost confidence in the integrity of those who 
prepared the program I should suspicion them of attempting 
to put me "on the spot." But I have given my word and I am 
not given to "welching" on an accepted assignment. And so 
here I go and "Look out for the chips." 

A few weeks ago at Uniontown we had a display of old 
Sunday School papers, cards and quarterlies in connection 
with our Rally Day sei-vices. Not many samples were brought, 
most people doing about the same with used helps when they 
have finished the Quarter's studies — or the day's use — of these 
guides to study, throw them way. The pastor took as an ex- 
hibit the old Scrap Book which his mother prepared for him 
when he was a Sunday School scholar of more tender years. 
The book contains some half dozen 4 by 6-inch colored cards, 
given by the teacher of the Sunday School which he attended 
in those early years. They were received for faithful attend- 
ance at the school, and were bestowed only after I had gath- 
ered several small tickets which were given at the rate of one 
each Sunday until a certain number had been accumulated 
and then these "tickets" were exchanged for the larger, quite 
beautiful, card. Now keep your mind on our subject and do 
not jump at the conclusion that I am wandering away from 
the matter in hand, for I am not. On each one of those 
"tickets" there was a Bible verse printed, and part of the 
price I paid for those pretty picture cards that still grace 
the now aged pages of my Scrap Book was the memorizing 
of those verses and repeating them to the satisfaction of my 
teacher, and then sometimes reciting them before the whole 
school, and at the end of the prescribed period we were re- 
quired to repeat all those, say one dozen verses. Now I can- 
not say that I could at this somewhat later date repeat 
all those verses to you, but I have no doubt of the value of 
such a method of imbuing the child mind with the memories 
of the choicest portions of God's Word. 



It is becoming more and more a conviction of your speak- 
er's mind that we are spending too much time trying to dis- 
sect the child and figure out how he is influenced by the type 
of teaching which we employ, and in experimenting with dif- 
ferent types of presenting the teaching, rather than giving 
them the Word — in homeopathic doses — and letting that Word 
accomplish God's purpose in sending it. I do know that when 
I entered Ashland College to study for the ministry it was 
easy for me to quote passages of Scripture which I had 
learned from those "tickets," and that there was a deeper in- 
terest and concern about the teaching and meaning of the 
verses I had memorized and the passages we studied in the 
classroom than there would have been otherwise. 

There can be no question that there is a dearth of the 
memorizing of Bible verses and passages. And children like 
to connnit the choice portions of God's Word to memory. I 
do not believe that it is the teacher's business to understand 
all about the child, so much as it is her duty to see that the 
child becomes familiar with the sound of Bible language. 
There is no command anywhere in the Word that the one 
who teaches the Word to the child must understand all about 
child psychology, but back in the beginnings of God's deal- 
ings with the children of Israel we find the admonition con- 
cerning the use of the Word: "And these words, which I 
command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 

"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, 
and shall talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and 
when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, 
and when thou risest up. 

"And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and 
they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 

"And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, 
and on thy gates." Deut. 6:7-10. 

Now I cannot explain to you all about how God could use 
the simple discussion and memorizing of the words which 
He spake to the Children of Israel to the blessing and guard- 
ing of the souls of the chosen race, but if God considered 
such close attention to the fixing of His Word in the hearts 



February 12, 1944 



and lives of the Jews, important; how much less important 
is the same fact in our day ? In a day when the human race 
is surrounded by far greater number and variety of tempta- 
tions and invitations to forget God, HOW MUCH MORE WE 
NEED ALL THE PROTECTIONS AND SAFEGUARDS 
FOR OUR SOULS! 

There may be those who will insist that children grow 
tired of memorizing Bible verses and want something dif- 
ferent. Well children sometimes grow tired of going to school 
and learning the lessons the teachers assign to them for com- 
mittal; but do the parents tell them they do not need to go 
to school ? And sometimes children get a notion that they 
do not like the food that mother prepares, and they want to 
"piece around" and not eat their meals like the other children. 
Does the mother permit them to follow their whims and do 
as they please ? Hardly if she is a wise and capable mother. 
She knows what is best for her child's health, and she insists 
upon the free and generous consumption of such food as she 
has prepared. And her children will be bothered less with 
dyspepsia than those other children in other homes where 
self-expression for the children is the rule of the home. 

There is the Teaching which is to be imparted, and there 
is the object or purpose of the teaching. And these two are 
inseparable. What is the purpose of your teaching ? And what 
is the best method of accomplishing that desired end ? The 
Psalmist has given us a variety of reasons for feeling that 
the Word is vital to the welfare of the soul. "Thy word is 
a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my pathway." "The 
entrance of thy word giveth light." "Wherewithal shall a 
young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto accord- 
ing to thy word." "Thy word is very pure: therefore thy 
servant loveth it." "Great peace have they wlxich love thy 
law; and nothing shall offend them." All these are from the 
119th Psalm, as many of you will have remembered. And a 
careful reading of the whole Psalm will show how very 
greatly the Psalmist valued the knowledge of God's Word. 

You may differ with me as to the purpose of the teaching 
in the Bible School, but this little story will bring my thought 
to you, and then I shall leave the matter, because when you 
have heard the story you will see why I insist upon a greater 
attention to the simple teaching of the Word, not some tiling 
about the Word, BUT THE WORD ITSELF. 

A poor child, straying into a Sunday School one day, asked 
quite simply: "Is this the way to heaven?" The superintend- 
ent of that school was decidedly startled. Was his school in- 
deed the way to heaven ? Was he trying to make it so ? Were 
his teachers intent upon the same object? 

The artless question struck home. From the superintendent's 
desk to every class the question went around, with a thrill 
aroused in the hearts of all who heard the story. May I take 
the opportunity to make this appeal to both superintendents 
and teachers, "Make sure of this one thing: With all your 
effort to impart knowledge, make the salvation of the souls 
of your scholars the matter of first and paramount import- 
ance. Whether your school be a model one, or if it be strug- 
ling upward toward perfection, BE SURE THAT EVERY 
SCHOLAR SHALL FEEL THAT IT IS THE ROAD TO 
HEAVEN. 

I hope that you have gotten two things from what I have 
tried to say upon this occasion: first this, I believe the sub- 
ject which needs most to be taught to the scholars of a Sun- 
day School is — that they have a loving, heavenly Father, and 
He wants to see them saved; and second: that every Sunday 
School should be to its scholars "the way to heaven." 

— Uniontown, Pa. 



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STIVER-WIGGINS— At the Brethren parsonage in War- 
saw, Indiana, Sgt. Donald E. Stiver and Miss Mary Ruth 
Wiggins were united in marriage by the undersigned, on 
November 30, 1943. 

May these young people have a happy life together. 

R. F. Porte. 



KIEFER-BENNETT— On Christmas eve, December, 24, 
1943, Rev. Donald L. Kiefer and Miss Ellen Bennett were 
united in marriage at the Brethren Church in Warsaw, In- 
diana. The double ring ceremony was used. 

These young people are Brethren. Both were former stu- 
dents at Ashland College. We wish for them a life of great 
service for the master. 

- R. F. Porte. 



ROBBINS-SAYLOR— On Sunday afternoon, November 28, 
1943, Lieutenant Robert D. Robbins and Miss Sybil C. Saylor 
were united in marriage at the Brethren Church in Warsaw, 
Indiana. Both young people are members of the Brethren 
Church and were students at our College in Ashland. 

The double ring ceremony was used by their pastor, the 
undersigned. We wish them great usefulness in our world. 

R. F. Porte. 



MILLER-MINTON— Miss Marie Miller, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. L. E. Miller of Louisville, Ohio, became the bride 
of Lt. (jg) Lewis G. Minton of Seville, Ohio, on November 
27, 1943, in a beautiful home wedding in the bride's home. 
The single ring ceremony was read by the undersigned in the 
presence of a number of relatives. 

Mrs. Minton has been a faithful church secretary of the 
Louisville Brethren Church for a number of years. She has 
been very active in S. M. M. work in the local church and 
sers'ed the National S. M. M. as Treasurer for a period of 
two years. Lt. Minton is a graduate of Iowa State College 
Ceramic Engineering. 

They will reside at Washingnton, D. C, at present, where 
Lt. Minton is stationed. 

E. M. Riddle. 



OFFICE DESK NEEDED 

The Business Manager has a nice office but no 
office desk or office chair. His room is the only office 
room that is not equipped. The desk is an especially ur- 
gent need. You business men can understand how 
handicapped we are, working without a desk. They are 
hard to buy now, even if one had the money. We are 
wondering if there might be somewhere in the broth- 
erhood an office desk that is not being used, or not 
much needed, or maybe someone knows where one 
can be gotten, and would like to help .meet our need. 
If some individual, church or society takes this re- 
quest to heart, we suggest that you write us before 
sending anything, otherwise we might be getting more 
office equipment than we can use. 

We are your servant. 

The Dcskless Business Manager. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 



Registration for the second semester on the hilltop has not 
yet been completed but already, as many regular students 
have enrolled for the second semester as in September. The 
fact that the trend toward a lower number in the student 
body with each registration has been checked is an encour- 
aging sign on the campus. 

Among the seven new students who registered last week 
were three from the Brethren Churchss. Miss Ruby Younce 
of Goshen, Indiana, Miss Mary Alice Dafler of New Lebanon, 
Ohio and Mr. Lloyd Gearhart of New Lebanon entered at the 
opening of the new semester. 

The new college catalog, printed by the Brethren Publish- 
ing Company is now in the hands of the college and is ready 
for distribution. We should like for more Brethren families 
to have these books but their cost makes general distribu- 
tion prohibitive. A post card from you will bring a copy to 
you promptly. 

The first two registrations for the new year beginning in 
September were received on the campus this week. This is 
much earlier than the first ones have arrived in previous 
years and perhaps is another indication of a trend. At least 
it should be a reminder to Brethren youth that it is not long 
until college begins again. 

Recently, Dr. Mason spoke at the Milford and Elkhart 
Brethren Churches and Dean Stuckey was at Oakville. 

Despite all handicaps, the students are resolved to again 
publish a Pine Whispers this year and not break a tradition 
of more than 20 years. Miss Dorothy Gnagy of Waterloo, 
Iowa, is Business Manager this year. 

With the opening of the new semester, three Freshmen 
girls have transferred to pre-seminary work from other de- 
partments of the school. Miss Loris Hibbs, member of the 
Uniontown, Pa. Brethren Church, Miss Faye Barnett of Lost 
Creek, Ky. and Miss Ruth Thompkins of Beldon, Ohio are 
changing to religious work. 

Dr. and Mrs. Mason attended the funeral of Mr. George 
Kem, member of the Board of Trustees in Dayton last week. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Susgested Outlines 



J- Lesson 55 

Subject: David 

1. David is one of the most outstanding characters of the 
Bible. He is the most famous ancestor of Christ. Jesus is not 
called the Son of Abraham, or the Son of Jacob, but the Son 
of David. Matthew 22:42; Mark 12:35. 

2. David spent his early life on his father's farm at Beth- 
lehem. In youth he was: 

(a) A courageous shepherd who cared for his flocks well. 
1 Samuel 17:34-36. 

(b) A fine musician. 1 Samuel 16:14-19. 

(c) A poet. He wrote a large number of the Psalms. 
<d) Anointed to be king. 1 Samuel 16:12, 13. 



3. David was sent by his father to see how his brothers 
were getting along in the army. He arrived just in time to 
see Goliath, and to hear him defy Israel. He begged to be 
allowed to go out against the giant. The result was a great 
victory for God's people. 1 Samuel 17:25153. 

4. The killing of the giant won for David the admiration 
of all the people, especially Prince Jonathan. All the people 
praised David, and King Saul became jealous. 1 Samuel 18:1-9. 

5. Then followed a dark period in David's career. Pursued 
by the deadly hatred of King Saul, David was forced to live 
the life of a fugitive. He had to flee for his life from one 
place to another. 1 Samuel 19:1; 1 Samuel 22:1; 1 Samuel 
24:1-2; 1 Samuel 27:1; 2 Samuel 3:1. 

6. After the death of Saul, the tribe of Judah anointed 
David king and he reigned over them seven years. At the 
death of Ishbosheth, the son of Saul, David became king of 
all Israel. 2 Samuel 5:3. 

7. David captured Jerusalem and established the capitol 
there. He brought the Ark of the Covenant there. 2 Samuel 
5:7. 

8. No other Bible character more fully illustrates the moral 
range of human nature. It seems impossible that the man 
who wrote the twenty-third Psalm could commit the sin that 
David did against Uriah the Hittite. In the early period of 
his life is mentioned as a man after God's own heart. This 
was when he was keeping the divine commandments. David 
sinner, but he repented in tears. Psalm 51:1-3; Psalms 51: 
9-15; Psalms 6:6. 

9. David's son Absalom rebelled against his father and 
tried to take the kingdom for himself. He was overcome and 
slain against the king's very definite command. David, him- 
self, felt real grief then as he mourned for his unworthy 
son. 2 Samuel 18:33. 

10. David was not permitted to build the temple because 
he had been a man of war. He appointed his son, Solomon, 
as his successor. David got the materials ready for the build- 
ing of the temple, and it was later built by Solomon. He 
gave Solomon a solemn charge before he died. 1 Kings 2:1-4; 
1 Chronicles 29:26-28. 

The Children's Story 

Mrs. Lorettd Carrithers, Supt. 

Dear Children: 

"Then Saul (who also is called Paul) Acts 13:9. 

Paul was born in the city of Tarsus, which is beautifully 
situated at the mouth of the river Cydnus. It was a city full 
of delights for an adventurous boy. There was the river 
sweeping down cold and clear from its mountain snows, the 
harbor with its great basins and stone quays and shipping 
from every land. How Paul must have loved to linger on those 
wharves, watching the ships and merchandise and hearing 
the songs of the sailors. In later days he always loved the 
city and the sea. He was never far away from them; never 
far distant from the smell of the sea breeze and the blue 
water of the Mediterranean; very often he sailed on those 
waters, and more than once suffered shipwreck. He was a free- 
born Roman, that is, he was so fortunate as to have been 
bom in a free city. A free Roman city had all the political 
rights and privileges of the city of Rome itself. This distinc- 
tion was eagerly sought after, and often bought with a large 
price by men who did not possess it by birth. When Paul 
was a lad he was sent away to Jerusalem to school, where 



February 12, 1944 

he was taught by one of the famous teachers. But Paul was , 
always more Roman than Jewish in the actual experiences of 
his life. When the first persecutions of the Christians began, 
Saul, for that was his name then, was chosen by the high 
priest for this work. Everything he did, he did with his 
might. He gave the Christians no rest, he hunted them from 
village to village, from house to house, because he thought 
this was his duty. He was on one of these expeditions, riding 
hard to Dajnascus, when Jesus called to him and demanded 
the reason for the persecutions. Blinded by the vision he fell 
from his horse, and after following the instructions of the 
Lord he became a changed man. Some time he spent in soli- 
tude, thinking the matter out and preparing for the new 
life. Then he came out ready to do anything and go any- 
where for the Master. The time was ripe for a man of his 
ability, his boldness, and his knowledge of the world. A man 
was needed with those qualities which make a great general, 
to plan and execute the work. All the apostles were, born 
in Palestine men, who had never traveled outside of the nar- 
row boundaries of their native land. They naturally failed to 
realize at first the importance of the new faith as a world 
power. Paul was the man for the crisis, — the hero who was 
destined to carry the new faith to the farther bounds of the 
empire. His great missionary journeys by land and sea are 
really campaigns. He had adventures without number, he was 
beaten and stoned, sometimes he was left on the ground for 
dead by those who thought they had at last put Iiim out of 
the way. Often he went on his journey scarred and sore and 
bruised. The country over which he traveled is the most in- 
teresting and romantic in the world, the scene of the stories 
of mythology, the battle of ground armies. He sailed the seas 
which were famous in years long past. He visited the famous 
capitals of antiquity. He spoke in cultured Athens, the city 
of Socrates and Plato. He founded churches in Philippi, where 
Caesar won his great battle, and in Corinth, one of the rich- 
est and wickedest cities of all the Roman empire. He went 
to Rome, and there, even while in prison, he won for the new 
faith members of the royal household and officers of the im- 
perial guard. We do not know certainly, but there are tradi- 
tions to the effect that he visited Spain, and even found his 
way far beyond the "Pillars of Hercules" out upon the stormy 
Atlantic to Great Britain. It must not be supposed that he 
met with no opposition. Even among the members of the 
Christian church at Jemsalem he was bitterly opposed. There 
were many Jewish Christians who did not wish the new faith 
to spread beyond their own race, or if any so-called Gentiles 



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became Christians they thought they should become Jews. 
Paul believed that Jesus and his message were for all alike, 
that it was the gospel of Salvation, and his way prevailed. 
Paul at last, an old man, was beheaded, so it is believed, by 
the wicked Roman emperor. Thus lived and died one of the 
greatest and important characters in history. 



With love, in Christ's Name, 



Aunt Loretta. 



-§n§n§- 



REV ELMER R. CARRITHERS NOW 
A CHAPLAIN IN U. S. ARMY 




Rev. Elmer R. Carrithei-. pasi.n- cif the Mansfield, Ohio, 
Brethren Church, has been commissioned a First Lieutenant, 
Chaplain, in the United States Army. He is enrolled in Har- 
vard University for his basic training. Lieut. Carrithers is a 
graduate of both Ashland College and Seminary. 

Mrs. Loretta Carrithers, who by the way is the contributor 
of the "Aunt Loretta" stories for our children brought to 
them each week in The Evangelist, will have charge of the 
Mansfield work in the absence of her husband. We wish 
Brother and Sister Carrithers God's blessing in theis respec- 
tive tasks. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Toptei eopTrtihted by the IntemaUonal Society of ChrtBtian EndwTor. 
U wHl by penulAflloiL ' ' 



Topic for February 13, 1944 
"MY NEIGHBOR: THE NEGRO" 
~'- Scripture: Rom. 15:1-7; Ruth 4:1-12 

For The Leader 

For the next several weeks we shall be dealing with peo- 
ples of other races than our own. We should seek to learn 
more about their habits and customs so that we may under- 
stand them better. For after all, other people are human, 
too, with feelings, likes and dislikes; and for all these, Christ 
died. 

We have a responsibility to those of other races in taking 
to them the gospel. Tonight we deal directly with the Negro, 
including those on American soil and those in Africa and 
elsewhere. Christian Negroes are reconciled to God just as 
white people, and as such we should love them and respect 
them, being a friend to them at all times. 
■^ DISCUSSION 

1. WE MUST PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THEM. "A little 
learning is a dangerous thing." It is said of certain mission- 
ary enterprises that in the early years of this century they 
went into foreign countries, erecting schools and missionary 
hospitals, and teaching the races how to better their living 
conditions. But they did not preach the gospel to them. Their 
main efforts were in bettering the physical and the earthly for 
these peoples. Today that education without Christ has gone 
far in causing the warfare in which we are engaged. While 
it has not been specifically true in relation to the Negro, 
it is true in relation to the Japanese. 

In seeking to better the social and living conditions of any 
people we must teach unto them Christ as the Savior of sin 
sick souls. If we do change the sinful nature of man to a 
righteous nature through teaching unto him Jesus, then 98%' 
of our social and moral problems will disappear. If we have 
a longing to help the unfortunates in these other races, let 
us work with their souls, the rest will come automatically. 

2. THE COLOR MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO GOD. If 
God would have been prejudiced against any particular color 
of human beings He would have found it easy to have dis- 
posed of them long before this. God looks upon the heart and 
there are but two colors there — black and white. Any su- 
periority we possess over those of another race is merely our 
pride coupled with a selfish conceit rooted in sin. Before God 
all men regardless of color are black until reconciled to Him 
by the blood of Christ. Thus if we are to do the most good 
for the Negro we must see to it that he has his black heart 
changed to white, and then the color of his skin will mean 
nothing to him, or even to us. This is the Christian way. 

3. THE SOULS OF MEN ARE PRECIOUS. It is only by 
the mercies of God that we have been privileged to know 
about Christ and His salvation. Do you know that when the 
Jews first started preaching the gospel that they preached 
only to the Jews ? Do you know that they considered Gen- 
tiles the dogs of the earth, to be untouched and ignored ? Yes, 
the Lord found it necessary to use some pretty strong medi- 
cine on the Jewish Christians to show them that they must 
preach the gospel to Gentiles. 

So, because He was merciful, we are Christians today. Now 
what about the races who are not yet Christian? Are not 
their souls precious? How shall we answer to a just God if 



we ignore the salvation of their souls. We must be interested 
in them. We must help them in their living conditions but we 
must have a praying concern for their souls. The soul is the 
part of man Christ died for. The rest of man returns to the 
dust. His color, his race, his station in life all return to the 
dust of the earth. But his soul goes on forever. Through our 
prayers and missionary offerings and personal work we shall 
see the salvation of many souls of men of different races. 
This is a real job for C. E. members. 

4. BRINGING PEACE TO THE HEARTS OF THE NE- 
GROES, While we are not, in this generation, responsible for 
the misunderstandings between the white race and the Negro 
race, we can do much to correct that trouble. Race riots are 
still in evidence in this country. Perhaps the negro feels the 
general attiude of too many Americans. Perhaps the white 
race is justified at times. But if we have the interests of the 
Negro at heart we can bring them a peace which shall never 
end. Notice that in being "justified by faith, we have peace 
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." If we have peace 
at heart, the Negro can too. A real pursuit of this gospel 
among the two races would certainly do much to stop the 
race riots. 

5. CHRIST HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE. Even the smartest 
and wisest among our world brotherhood advocates are begin- 
ning to see light in the direction that a multitude of evils, 
racially, are going to be in evidence at the conclusion of this 
war. They are realizing the troubles of their efforts to recon- 
cile the peoples of the different nations into one compact and 
loving world. But look at the words of the Revelation, chap- 
ter five and verses 9 and 10 . . . "for thou wast slain, and hast 
redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and 
tongue, and people and nation; And hast made us unto our 
God kings and priests; and we shall reign the earth." 

In other words, what the world has been unable to do in 
its thousands of years of evoluting and emerging, Christ has 
done by the shedding of His Blood. This sacred life of Christ 
has united those of every nation, kindred and tongue, into one 
great body before God. Though there may be differences in 
color between us today, it is well to remember that we are 
all precious in the sight of God. God, who desires the salva- 
tion of every man. God, who desires that we bury our preju- 
dices and live as we should with each other. God who wants 
us to take the gospel to every man, woman and child on 
earth. The Negro is our friend. In Christ, he is our brother. 
May we treat him as such. 

QUESTIONS' 

1. Trace the development of the Negro from our first rec- 
ords of him to the present time. 

2. How have Christian Negroes improved their living con- 
ditions ? 

3. What can we do to help the Negroes today ? 

MEETING SUGGESTIONS 

Have some one prepare a short talk on the present day 
American Negro, showing what has been done in the matter 
of schooling, religion and morals. 

Have someone prepare short sketches of notable Negroes in 
our country, telling of their lives, education, home life, and 
achievements. 

• • • 

Topic for February 20, 1944 

"MY NEIGHBOR: THE JEW" 

Scripture: Rom. 1:14-16; 2:10, 11; 10:1-5 

For The Leader 

Tonight in our second of a series of meetings on "neigh- 
bors" we discuss that most misunderstood person, the; Jew. 



February 12, 1944 



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He is ever being persecuted and driven from the lands where 
j he lives, yet always he is a Jew. When other nations and 
races have gone down into the dust of history, the Jew car- 
ries on his specific blood and race. All other nations have 
been boiled down into succeeding nations, but for thousands 
of years the Jew has stood supreme. 

We must look to the Word of God to understand the Jew. 
He completely ignores every law of the survival of nations. 
He lives on as resident of the nations that perish. By look- 
ing to God's Word we can glean some facts about him and 
learn how he is truly our neighbor. . . 

DISCUSSION 

1. ORIGIN OF THE JEW. Out of a world of loneliness 
God called Abraham. This Abraham became the first of an 
endless nation of people called Jews. God blessed Abraham 
and gave him the promise of a great nation. Yes, a peculiar 
people for His name. This does not mean that the people 
themselves are peculiar, but that they would be an everlast- 
ing race, something in itself which is peculiar because races 
and nations rarely last over 400 or 500 years as such. From 
that first Jew to the present God has kept His promises with 
them. They are still a favored race, though hunted and per- 
secuted, and God in His time will bring them into their right- 
ful inheritance. 

2. THE JEWS BROUGHT TO US OUR SAVIOR. The next 
time we are tempted to say any unkind remark about a Jew 
let us remember the relationship between the Jew and Jesus. 
Jesus was a Jew. He was born of the long line of favored 
descendants of Abraham. In God's good time He came forth 
from this Jewish kingly line and presented Himself the vol- 
untary sacrifice for mans' sin. Since we consider ourselves 
as brothers in Christ let's remember that Christian Jews are 
also our brothers in Christ. 

3. WE ARE ALSO ABRAHAM'S DESCENDANTS. By 
spiritual adoption we are become descendants of Abraham. 
He is our spiritual father. Abra'fiam was led out under the 
stars one clear night. God told him to count those stars. As 
he looked into the vaulted heavens he could but marvel at the 
majesty of his God. He could not count the stars. Nor can 
any man. But we wonder if Abraham had revelation from God 
by which he would know that of the Gentiles also would come 
great multitudes of Christians who would be his spiritual 
seed. Thus the Jews and the Gentiles are made of one flesh 
and one blood through Christ. 

4. THE JEWS AS OUR BRETHREN. Even as all people 
of all nations who believe in Christ as Savior are our breth- 
ren, so the Jews are our brethren. Perhaps we may find it 
hard to have open minds on this point yet if we are to fully 
exercise our Christian faith we must consider them as breth- 
ren. The Jews have always been known as frugal and keen 
business men. They say that a Jew will die a millionaire on 
a spot where a Gentile would starve to death. Perhaps our 
All-wise heavenly Father has given His chosen people a 
peculiar trait like this so that they could survive as a nation 
in their endless wanderings over the face of the earth. At 
any rate, as brethren we must respect them and honor them. 

5. WHY THE JEW WANDERS TODAY. Had the Jews 
minded their own business and stayed true to their Jehovah 
God, they wouldn't be wandering everywhere today. For God 
gave them a promised land flowing with milk and honey, with 
but one command to assure them this land forever. That one 
command of God's was that they must always worship God 
Himself, and no other. Here they had a rich and prosperous 
land assured them. Their obligation was to Vi^orship God. 
This would seem to be a pretty easy system of continued 
goodness. But as is the case too often today, these Jews could 
not take good fortune and prosperity. Their worship grew 



careless. They did things not in keeping with their religion. 
And so God sent them out of that Canaan land as punish- 
ment. But God has not forgotten them, and in his good time 
will call them back again. 

6. BE CAREFUL IN PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS. Al- 
though God has permitted His chosen people to wander aim- 
lessly and homelessly from nation to nation. He has not taken 
His eye off of them. Early in Jewish history God put this 
promise on them, that He would bless the nation that cared 
for the Jew, and He would curse that nation that persecuted 
the Jews. Plistory proves this point, too. America has been 
more or less under the favor of God because of her attitude 
toward the Jew. Of course we would want to treat them 
equally for that is the Christian way. But more than that 
with the Jew. If we persecute them, we are doomed to de- 
struction. 

So, when tempted to despise the Jew, remember the prom- 
ise of God. It is a promise which God will not overlook. If we 
get in on the wrong side of this promise then it will go 
hard with us. 

7. GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS. Back in our 
personal mind we have a feeling sometimes that perhaps we 
are a little bit more favored than some others of the earth's 
population. Then we feel that this is because God thinks so 
much more of us than of others. Again we may feel that 
God will permit us to do things which would be unforgivable 
in others. To this we answer that God is no respecter of per- 
sons. He has given His commandments. Whoever we are, if 
we obey them, we find favor in His sight. If we disobey them, 
then we shall suffer the punishment. That goes for the phys- 
ical body as well as the spiritual. 

It goes also for our attitude towards our Christian breth- 
ren, the Jews. We must pray for them. While the Jews as 
a nation have rejected Christ, yet a goodly number of Jews 
as individuals are finding Christ as their Savior. We owe it to 
them and to God to pray and to work for the salvation of 
many more Jews. Certain organizations are active as mis- 
sionaries to the Jews. Let us do all that we can to favor 
God's chosen race, and seek for the salvation of these who 
need Christ among them. Jewish friends are valuable. The 
Christian Jews are our brethren. Pray for them at all times. 

QUESTIONS 

1. When did the Jewish nations originate? 

2. Trace the history of the Jews from their beginning to 
Jesus. 

3. Trace the history of the Jews during the years since 
Christ. 

4. How can we best help the Jews today ? »t» 

§n§n§ 

IF I WERE YOU, MY BOY 

I would learn to be polite to everybody. 

I wouldn't let any other boy get ahead of me in my studies. 

I would not go in the company of bad boys who use bad 
language. 

I would see if I couldn't get people to like me, by being 
civil to everybody. 

I would never make fun of children because they were not 
dressed nicely. 

I wouldn't abuse little boys who had no big brother to 
be afraid of. 

I would keep my hands and face clean and my hair brushed, 
without being told to do so. 

I wouldn't grow sulky and pout whenever I couldn't have 
my way. 

I wouldn't conclude that I knew more than my father, 
before I had been sixty miles away from home. — Selected. 



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A CHRISTIAN HOME 

A Christian home — why is it such a fine and pre- 
cious thing? Because it is a garden of the Lord, a 
nursery for liuman lives to grow in. Its rich, fertile 
soil furnishes the very best field for the develop- 
ment of the virtues which we need most. Its seclu- 
sion, its shelter, its wise and careful culture, are 
invaluable to growing souls, and nothing can make 
up for the lack of them. 

The home is the God-appointed educator of man- 
kind. We have a multitude of institutions which we 
call schools, but the real schools, where the lessons 
of life are learned, are the homes of America. We 
still hear a good real about the higher education, the 
highest that can be had. It is found in the lofty les- 
sons of self-control and self-sacrifice and sublime 
faith and splendid trust which home life has such 
marvelous power to teach. There is no training to be 
had in school or college or anywhere in the world 
which can take the place of the discipline of home. 
Every true Christian home is a university, fully 
equipped, amply endowed, and able to give the high- 
est education which can be gotten in this world. — 
Selected. 



ICat& tn UtBt 



BROWN— Robert Turner Brown was born August 12, 1872, 
and departed this life September 5, 1943, having reached the 
age of 71 years, and 24 days. He was the son of Newton and 
Frances Bidler Brown of Dibbeck, Virginia. 

On May 174, 1905, he was united in marriage to Miss Dora 
Spitzer, who survives as does also one sister, Mrs. Gertrude 
Leap of Covington, Virginia. Several nephews and nieces like- 
wise survive. 

He was a faithful and consistent member of the Liberty 
Brethren Church, Quicksburg, Virginia. He seldom missed a 
service when he was able to come and was a very liberal 
supporter of the church and its interests. He lived in Mount 
Jackson, Virginia, that being his home town. He was a mem- 
ber of the Mt. Calvary Men's Bible Class at the Lutheran 
Church. 

He will be very much missed in his home and our sympa- 
thy goes to his widow. It is a great loss to the church in 
many ways. 

Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church Sep- 
tember 7, 1943, and a host of friends gathered there in re- 
spect to him and his bereaved wife. Services were conducted 
by the undersigned, assisted by the following ministers, E. L. 
Miller, John F. Locke of Maurertown, C. J. Clark, Methodist, 
C. J. Rice, Lutheran and 0. B. Michaels, Reformed, of Mt. 
Jackson. 



J. W. Dodson. 



of 79 years. Sister Mitterling's connection with the Brethren 
Church goes back to the organization of the Dutchtown 
Church. She was a faithful member and regular in attend- 
ance at the services of her church. Services were conducted 
at the church with Rev. Louis Engle, Rev. H. E. Eppley and 
the undersigned officiating. 

E. F. Porte. 



BIBLER — Brother Clarence Bibler died at his home in 
Warsaw on Friday evening, January 21, 1944. His age was 
68 years. Mr. Bibler's life was spent in Kosciusko County, 
Indiana. He was a member of the Warsaw Brethren Church. 
Funeral services were conducted from the Bibler Funeral 
Home on Sunday afternoon January 23, by his pastor, the 
undersigned. 

R. F. Porte. 



TUMBLIN — Augustus Tumblin passed away from this life 
to his eternal reward at the Dukes Hospital in Peru, In- 
diana on January 11, 1944, at the age of 73 years. 

Brother Tumblin had spent his entire life in the Loree 
community. He is survived by his companion and two daugh- 
ters. 

It was the writer's privilege to lead him and his compan- 
ion to a definite acceptation of Christ as their Saviour and 
later to administer to them the rite of baptism. Brother 
Tumblin received much joy during his sickness and a great 
amount of help in his new found experience. He had been 
afflicted for the past four years with a heart ailment. His 
going was peaceful. May the peace which our kind Heavenly 
Father gives to all of His trusting children sustain the com- 
panion and the daughters in this their hour of sorrow. 

The last rites were held in the Loree church on January 
13th in charge of the farhily pastor, the undersigned. 

C. C. Grisso. 



MAUS— On the morning of January 1, 1944, Brother Joe 
Maus departed this life at his home near Tiosa, Indiana. He 
had attained the age of eighty-six years. 

Brother Maus was the oldest member in the Tiosa Breth- 
ren Church. He and his beloved companion served faithfully 
as deacon and deaconess for many years. She preceded her 
husband in death on October 9, 1938. Those years of loyal 
service in the church and community won for them the high 
esteem of their fellow citizens. His departure is a great 
loss to us who remain, but our loss is gain to him. 

Burial was made in the cemetery at Mexico, Indiana, at the 
side of his companion, where the two sleep awaiting the 
resurrection morning. 

Services were conducted by the undersigned, pastor of the 
Tiosa Church, assisted by Rev. Gilbert L. Maus. 

O. C. Lemert. 



MITTERLING— Sister Julia Ann Mitterling, widow of the 
late Joseph Mitterling, died at her home near Dutchtown, 
Indiana, on Wednesday morning, January 19, 1944 at the age 



MILLER— Mrs. Zadie Miller of Bunker Hill was called 
home very suddenly on January 13, her death being due to a 
heart attack. Mrs. Miller was born in Miami County, July 
14th, 1882. She was married to Arthur G. Miller at Goshen 
in 1939. 

Both Brother and Sister Miller became members of the 
Loree church a year ago and both proved themselves faith- 
ful in the work of the Lord and much beloved by the brethren 
at this place. Sister Miller was a member of the Brethren 
church for many years, most of which were spent in the 



February 12, 1944 



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Goshen church. She will be missed by a large circle of friends 
and Brethren. She lived beautifully before the world and 
passed on in the triumphs of the Christian's faith. 

Services were held in the funeral parlors in Bunker Hill on 
Lord's day morning, January 16th, and in the afternoon of 
the same day in the Gulp funeral home in Goshen. Interment 
in Oak Ridge cemetery in Goshen. 

May the entire family circle find peace and comfort in all 
the wonderful promises in His Word to those of His children 
who serve Him faithfully to the end. Services in charge of the 
family pastor, the undersigned. 

C. C. Grisso. 



WEAVER — Miss Dorothy Louise Weaver, a member of the 
Second Brethren Church, of Uniontown, Penna., passed away 
at the Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, Penna., January 
11, 1944, just a bit less than a month past her 30th birthday. 
Sister Weaver had been afflicted with a heart affection for a 
matter of two years, but it was only for the last six weeks 
of her life that her trouble became serious. On Sunday, Jan- 
uary 2, she was anointed by her pastor, and she surrendered 
her life to the workings of the Divine pleasure for her soul. 

Funeral services for Miss Dorothy were held in the Mason- 
town Brethren Church on Friday afternoon, January 14, with 
burial in the Masontown cemetery, close by the church. As- 
sistance in the service was rendered by Elder Freeman Ank- 
rum, pastor of the Masontowm church and a group of singers 
from the same church. Burial was in the family plot beside 
the remains of her father and a brother and sister who died 
in early childhood. 

Miss Weaver is survived by her widowed mother, Mrs. Ina 
Weaver, two sisters, Mrs. Naomi LaClair and Miss Evelyn 
Weaver, of Hyndman, Pa., and two brothers, Harry W. Weav- 
er, in the Army Signal Corps, and James P. in the Marine 
Corps, both overseas. An aged grandfather, making his home 
with the family — and to whom Miss Dorothy was sincerely 
attached, and a number of uncles also survive. We "sorrow 
not as those who have no hope," and await the dawning of 
the perfect day. Funeral services in charge of the writer. 

Dyoll Belote. 



PETROSKEY (Petrashec)— John Petrosky, Sr., was bom 
in Austria, February 26, 1857, and passed to the enjoyment 
of the wo.nders of scenes celestial on December 12, 1943, at 
the ripe age of 86 years, 9 months and 16 days. 

With his family Mr. Petrovsky emigrated to America about 
the year 1903, and has made his home in Fayette County, 
Pennsylvania ever since. One daughter, Mrs. Mary Speshok, 
of Uniontown, and two sons, John, Jr. and Frank, both resid- 
ing in the .neighborhood of the Thompson 2 coke works, be- 
side several grandchildren, survive. His wife and nine chil- 
dren preceded him in death. 

Mr. Petrossky was a member of the Slovak Lutheran 
Church, but for some time was unable to attend services of 
his faith. Having never learned to speak English he could 
enjoy only such services as he could hear spoken in the Slovak 
tongue. His last days, as a semi-invalid, were made as com- 
fortable as possible by his youngest son, Mr. Frank Petroskey, 
and his faithful wife. 

Obsequies for Mr. Petroskey were were conducted by the 
undersigned by request of the deceased and his son, Mr. 
Frank Ptroskey, a member of the Second Brethren Church, of 
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and the remains were laid to rest 
in the cemetery beside his wife who preceded him some three 
years ago. 

Dyoll Belote. 



NEWS FROM OUR CHURCHES 



TRAVEL FLASHES 
Denver, Indiana 

It's all over at Denver. For two weeks, all too short from 
many angles, we did our best to "hold forth the Word of 
Life" to the Lord's people there. We came to them almost 
unannounced, having been only a few miles away at Center 
Chapel, where several of their families had heard me. Be- 
cause I wanted to finish the Eel River country before leaving, 
I sent word ahead that the way was open to remain with 
them for the next two weeks. My desire was akin to that 
of Paul to Rome. See Rom. 1:8-15. 

I had never been able to "gather some fruit from my la- 
bors" among them at Denver, even as Paul at Rome. I have 
now nearly covered the churches of our Brethren that 
I do have a real desire to be among the rest of them. In the 
remaining weeks of the Spring I shall hold at least two meet- 
ings amo.ng churches of the Brethren and one, in a co-opera- 
tive church that has been going now as such for more than 
seven years, as I remember. 

It was a rich experience for me and I have reason to be- 
lieve for others, also. I had a restful home with Charles 
Eikenberry and his fine, devoted family. Of course, many fine 
dinners among the Brethren with the Mauses and Eiken- 
berrys in the large majority. The roosters did not crow too 
much; the pigs did not "squeal" too much; the sheep did not 
bleat to my knowledge at all; the the cows did furnish good 
milk in abundance, butter did not cost points there, and the 
toast was super and the eggs "as fresh as the morning dew." 
Umgh! 

Old man "Flu" was still rampaging around and some had 
to curtail their attendance some on his account. There were 
other handicaps, also, but they were not offered as an alibi 
Our crowds were good for the times, many were most faith- 
ful in their attendance. The offering almost reached the best 
and the church almost to a person offered themselves at the 
altar for service and enrichment in the things of God. There 
should be several baptisms. But this small-town church has 
its problems as have all such others. Half-time pastoral work 
is not good for churches where others have full time pastors. 
And there is enough income among these good, worthy peo- 
ple to have a man full time and have plenty for the other 
demands of our denomination. I even broadly hinted that 
Denver was a fine country to live in and that I was looking 
around for a small acreage some place — but it did not "go 
in" on them. 

Gilbert Maus, the good old Pal, is their pastor. Living only 
a few miles away, feeding his stock and milking his cows and 
gathering the eggs, fussing around about having only an 
"A" card for gasoline, we could not do all the visitation work 
we would otherwise have done. But I did a good deal on my 
own account and had some rich experiences with old philos- 
ophers and other derelicts with regard to their duty to God 
as we understand it. 

Denver has a nice building and a high type of folk. Some 
radical types of ministry in Denver opens the way for preach- 
ing the real gospel and winning some to our fold in the on- 
ward progress of our Cause. That sort of gospel vdll wear 
itself out in due course and if our people cling to the 
good gospel that once we give ourselves to the Lord and 
promise to follow Him closely to the extent of our powers and 
ability, the kind of gospel that creates negligence of hon- 
esty and sobriety and confusion of interpretation, will fail; 



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and good people will fraternize with those who try seriously 
to live the beautiful life of sincerity and truth. Our preach- 
ers can not too strongly impress the truth that only the good 
life counts among the people who reject the church and its 
opportunities. It is the "lower lights," not the "Light of the 
World" against whom opponents rail and rant. No church 
can exist unless its members live more like Christ than most 
of the worldly people live. 

Now, I have moved into the Tippecanoe Valley and am at 
Tiosa, six miles north of Rochester, awaiting the visits of 
my friends in all churches. Pray for us. 

Charles A. Bame, Carey, Ohio. 



PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT NEWS 

Conducted by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 



The Third Church, Johnstown 

announces that Rev. Chester Zimmerman of New Kensington, 
Pa., has accepted the call to be its pastor. The church has 
been without a regular pastor since Rev. William S. Crick 
left in the early fall to become pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Pittsburgh. Rev. Zimmerman will begin his duties as 
pastor of the Third Brethren Church on March 1. In coming 
to Johnstown the minister is resigning as pastor of the New 
Kensington and Brush Valley charges. 

Rev. Zimmerman is a native of Waynesboro, Franklin 
County, and a graduate of Ashland College and Seminary. 
He is at present moderator of the Pennsylvania District Con- 
ference, a member of the Christian Endeavor Board and of 
the National Sunday School Association of the Brethren 
Church. The minister and his wife, the former Evelyn Miller 
of Ashland, Ohio, take an active interest in young people's 
work, and are very prominent in the Juniata Brethren Young 
People's Camp activities. 

Berlin Laity Stirred 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith spoke to the Berlin Congrega- 
tion two evenings, January 26 and 27, on the subject of Lay 
Evangelism. Quite an enthusiasm was engendered and iifty 
people responded to serve definitely in personal work. The 
four Wednesday nights of February are being devoted to 
definite things that can be done for Christ— interesting ses- 
sions for those who want to see things done. 
Doings At Vinco 

The Vinco Brethren Church has recently purchased a new 
Knabe Concert Grand piano for the pre-war price of $1295.00. 
At the dedication of the instrument on Sunday evening, Feb- 
ruary 6, the Men's Chorus of the congregation made its first 
home appearance in public worship. The Sunday school has 
decided to purchase a stoker for the furnace, the complete 
equipment costing approximately $370.00. The Laymen's Gos- 
pel Team will conduct the evening worship service at the 
Nanty Glo Church of the Brethren on Sunday evening, Feb- 
ruary 13. 

Brush Valley — New Kensington Circuit 

Brush Valley now has an officially organized Boys' Broth- 
erhood of fifteen members. They meet on the same night as 
the Sisterhood and have their social time together. They plan 
to hold an open meeting at the worship service, February 
13th, to tell the congregation about their work. The Thanks- 
giving Offering was increased better than 25 per cent this 
year, and last year's offering was 31 per cent better than 
the year before. 



We glean from the New Kensington Dispatch that a sur- 
prise party was given to Rev. and Mrs. Zimmerman by the [ 
workers of the Brethren Church in honor of the recent birth- 
days of the couple. The hostess, Mrs. C. V. Fisher, presented 
the Zimmermans a large cake and the friends present gave 
a purse. Rev. Zimmerman is in demand among New Ken- 
sington Churches for his illustrated lectures on "Masterpieces 
of the Life of Christ." At the Springdale Baptist Church the 
auditorium was crowded. On February 18 he speaks over 
WKPA, 1150 on the dial, at 10:15 A. M. His subject will be 
"The Overcoming Life." 



The 

Business 

Manager's 

Corner 




By George S. Baer 



"100 Per Centers" 

The list of "100 Per Cent Churches" is increasing right 
along and we will presently publish a list of those who have 
attained this high goal. We appreciate this fine cooperation 
and we know the churches will profit by it also, for the 
reading of our church paper regularly brings great blessing 
to any church and individual life. Keep right on. Brother Pas- 
tor, encouraging your church to take this advanced step, if 
it has not already done so. 

Other Churches Also 

are sending in an increasing number of subscriptions, though 
not ready yet to put the Evangelist on the budget. There are 
some very loyal and aggressive Evangelist agents at work 
in our congregations. 

Thanks to the W. M. S. 

We want to acknowledge publicly the receipt of a fine gift 
of $600.00 from the Woman's Missionary Society for type 
and other equipment for the printing office. This is not to be 
classed with the Publication Day Offering, though it was only 
recently received, but is a gift decided upon by the National 
W. M. S. at the last General Conference which met at Ashland 
in August. This generous gift will help meet a long felt need 
and we greatly appreciate it. No one knows better than the 
•Editor and the Business Manager how badly we need some 
new type faces. It will now be possible to get them and before 
long, we hope, some of them will be making their appear- 
ance in The Evangelist. On behalf of the Brethren Publishing 
Company, we want to thank all the good women of the 
W. M. S. for this greatly needed and highly appreciated gift. 
And to the National officers in particular — Mrs. U. J. Shively, 
President, Mrs. S. M. Whetstone, Mrs. E. M. Riddle, Mrs. 
Joyce Saylor, Mrs. J. Garber Drushal, Mrs. M. A. Stuckey, 
Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter, Mrs. F. C. Vanator, and Mrs. Ira D. 
Blotter — we say. Thank you, very sincerely. 

Publication Day Offerings 

should be sent to the Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
Ohio. We hope it will be a large one. "Give of your best to 
the Master," and this is the Lord's work. 




Photo by E. G. Hoff 



I. LXVI No. 8 Feb. 19, 1944 
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LAST MINUTE NEWS 



Word has just reached us of the sudden death of 
Reverend L. A. Myers who recently succumbed 
from heart failure after an operation in the hospital 
at Oak Hill, West Virginia. Reverend Myers was 
progressing well until a sudden turn for the worse 
was more than his heart could sustain. 

The Missionary Board's Secretary left immedi- 
ately for Oak Hill. 



Valuable Layman Passes On 

A very large assembly of people representing many organ- 
izations and interests from numerous walks of life in Dayton, 
Ohio, gathered in the Brethren Church for the funeral ser- 
vices of Brother George Kem, prominent Christian layman 
of Dayton and the entire Brethren church, and also an out- 
standing attorney of that city. 

The Missionary Board as well as the entire denomination 
has lost a great helper. Brother George Kem gave almost 
lavishly of his time, talent and money to the work of our 
Church. He became interwoven into the fabrication of every- 
thing that is Brethren. It was not too much for him to spend 
days and weeks out of town at his own expense while the 
work of his office waited, in our behalf. Always he was out 
in front beckoning the rest of us on. And thank God, he still 
is. 

His pastor, Reverend Vernon Grisso, will report more fully 
on this our great loss and Brother Kem's great gain in a 
regular number of The Evangelist. Our Missionary Board 
will search long, and we fear hopelessly, to find a man who 
can take his place so ably on our Board. 



The Woman's Missionary Society 

A recent contribution of $1,600 was handed to us from 
the treasurer of the Woman's Missionary Society. One of 
these early days %vhen the Brethren begin to wonder how 
their Missionary Board was able to accomplish so many new 
and worthwhile things the moment the war restrictions let 
up will be remembered that the faithful and magnanimous 
gifts of Brethren women through the vision and organiza- 
tion of their W. M. S. was the largest single factor in it. 
We still cannot forget that in the hour when we needed this 
help the very most it was there. There is a reason why these 
women always find such great blessings in their work. Plainly 
they are working. 



South Bend, Indiana 

From the treasurer of the South Bend Church, where the 
president of the Missionary Board is pastor, comes a check 
for $1,690.71 as Thanksgiving Offering! Well South Bend! 
It will take more than a paragraph in this column to tell 
you what that means to us. Oh, that the Lord will hasten 
the day when we can keep the faith of these people who 
give so loyally by using their money in lovely new chapels 
and churches that are sought by men and women who seek 
Him. Pray with us for a great burden among our young men 
to enlist as ministers. We will need them literally by the 
dozens in only a few years to preach in waiting churches 
and to build new ones with gifts trusted to the Lord for this 
purpose. Preachers and teachers, this must also be your bur- 
den. Let us not leave the work of our present lives to nobody. 
Let us leave it to trained and well qualified leaders. 



St. James, Maryland 

Here is the church where it is great to witness the com- 
munity's respect for and interest in an Evangelistic Meeting. 
Our congratulations go to Reverend Clark White and his 
church. Brother White held his own meeting and realized 15 
reconsecrations the first week and had 13 confessions on Sun- 
day night. What -else happened we do not know, but it was 
certainly good news to hear this. 

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February 19, 1944 



Editorials 



By J. Ray Klingensmith 



The 20,000,000 Uprooted 
in America 



As late as a year ago more than 20,000,000 
Americans within our country had been up- 
rooted from their homes, jobs, churches and home 
communities by the present war. Over 5,000,000 
Americans have moved across state lines into com- 
pletely new circumstances. Many have moved from 
the farms into the cities. Changes have forced them- 
selves through mere months that ordinarily would 
take decades. It is estimated that at the present time 
we have as many people uprooted from their known 
way of life to the new inconvenient circumstances 
of wartime jobs in strange cities and house ti'ailers 
as Europe has people who have been uprooted by 
bombs and the ravages of war. Some 30,000,000 
Europeans have been dislocated by the war. 

This precarious situation, disturbing violently the 
school life, the community life, the church life of our 
America, must be faced even by the churches. An 
appeal from Africa or China or India to send mis- 
sionaries to 20,000,000 unreached for Christ would 
pull the heart out of most of us. But 20,000,000 
Americans circulating directly around us, speaking 
our language, knowing our customs, while we al- 
ready have our churches built with which to minis- 
ter to them and our Bibles translated and our Boards 
organized, do not seem to be Macedonian enough. 
Surely it cannot be because we American Chris- 
tians would rather give our Foreign Mission Offer- 
ing and send somebody else to do our work! If we 
are seeking a ministry for the Lord to those who 
need it, America at once becomes the finest Mission 
field in the world. We hope local pastors and church 
boards can devise methods of starting Gospel serv- 
ices, using their young people and talent in areas 
where they are really needed. This would be of mu- 
tual benefit to the church and to the new community. 
Best of all it would be getting back to New Testa- 
ment Christianity and methods. No outside individ- 
ual or board can mother a work in your community 
as well as your own local church can. It already has 
standing there. Such a move would be the rejuvena- 
tion and future salvation of any church which under- 
took it. Let us not leave this to the Cults to do. 
Brother Zeche, our beloved brother in South Amer- 
ica, reports that they have an Annex church, largely 



overseen by their Christian Endeavorers and young 
people's departments. They attract many young peo- 
ple and find great joy in the response of the Lord 
and of the lost to their efforts. Oh, for such vision 
among us here who sponsor them there. 



Dr. Daniel Poling 

T^HE president of the World's Christian Endeavor 
■•■ Union, speaking in New York on what he saw in 
70,000 miles of travel and on four fronts, stated that 
unless God performs a miracle presently we shall 
know the multiplied anguish of many Tarawas. Dr. 
Poling said that men at the front evei-y^vhere were 
realistically religious. However, their religion does 
not follow the recognized traditions and patterns. 
Dr. Poling then said that the men on the fronts were 
much like the folks at home, only that there are now 
75,000,000 here in America who belong to no church 
of any faith. 

"What is the answer to this issue and the so- 
lution to this problem? The success of the chap- 
laincy in World War II suggests the answer. It 
is not enough for the church to be an open door. 
The church in our time, in peace as in war, must 
go out through the open door to minister to men 
and women and little children where they are 
and as they are. An American soldier in North 
Africa wrote that 'when we couldn't go to 
church, when we were under the strafing planes 
in the foxholes, the church came to us.' " That 
is the answer. 



Protestant Missions and 
the Good Neighbor Policy 

|\ /rUCH has been written in the last two years 
■'•*•*■ about the hindrance of Protestant Christians in 
South America. Recently in The Watchman Exam- 
iner an article written by George P. Howard reports 
interviews on this subject with many great leaders 
of South America at this time. His trip took him 
through Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, 
Bolivia, Colombia, and Mexico. His conferences in- 
cluded such men as Dr. Casal Castel, a prominent 
Argentine educator and the leading Roman Cath- 
olic writer of that country ; Dr. Ossorio y Gallardo, 
former ambassador from the Spanish Republic to 
Argentina; Dr. Manuel Carlos Ferraz, president of 



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the Supreme Court of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil ; 
Dr. Hugo Fernandez Artucio, a member of the Uru- 
guayan House of Deputies ; Dr. Ghioldi, writer, edu- 
cator, and editor of an important Buenos Aires daily, 
a recent delegate from the Argentine Government to 
the United States ; Ex-president Allessandri, of Chile, 
Manuel Seoane, editor of Chile's most popular maga- 
zine; and many others just as prominent. It was by 
no means the conviction of these men that Protestant 
churches and missions in South America hindered 
the Good Neighbor Policy. In fact they felt that the 
brightest ray of light in the religious life of South 
America came from the Protestant churches, and 
that the greatest hope of our understanding each 
other also came from these churches since they rep- 
resented the best of American life. But regardless of 
what the Roman Catholics or anyone else complains 
about the Good Neighbor Policy, we as Christians 
have a higher policy to regard. It is the policy of the 
Christian church, and that definitely is missionary. 
We doubt that so staid a church as the Roman Cath- 
olics would permit a so-called and very recent "Good 
Neighbor Policy" to supercede the policy of Chris- 
tianity or THEIR church. This was subterfuge of cel- 
lophane. Its contents are not only apparent but even 
transparent. Catholics do not think any more of 
Protestants in South America than they do here in 
the United States, evidently. 



Why Are the Cults 
Growing? 

■"PHE best answer to this question "Why are the 
■*• Cults Growing" is this: because we aren't. A 
recent series of Articles in The Christian. Centurii 
present the honest and excellent research of Dr. 
Charles S. Braden, professor of history and litera- 
ture of religions at Northwestern University on this 
subject. Dr. Braden did not guess at circumstances, 
but rather visited and sent students to visit meetings 
of innumerable services held by the religions that 
the old line or regular churches classify as Cults. To 
give our readers his findings would necessitate re- 
printing his articles. However he does make it clear 
that many of the very things that the old line or reg- 
ular churches are neglecting are the very things that 
the Cults are emphasizing. And it is true that old 
line churches once held the very things that they 
have now let slip into the ministries of these Cults. 
Thus the ministry of healing, the hope of knowledge 
of the future, information about the departed dead, 
personal victory and such themes as relate to the 
Coming of the Lord are not forsaken in favor of pro- 
grams to reform the world. One of the points he 
raised was the practice of the regular or old line 
churches in conducting the service for themselves. 
Thus the songs or hymns and order of service was 



to the liking of the inside group within the church 
rather than for the attraction of the lost folks to 
the Christian Way. Perhaps the thought is that 
many churches minister to themselves; the Cults 
minister to those who are lost and without Chris- 
tianity. Perhaps to say it in our way, we could blame 
the church for working only with its own solid peo- 
ple already won to the neglect of those whom it 
should use its solid people to save. Whatever our 
prejudices may be against the Cults and mushroom 
growths about us, they are here. God never asked us 
whether we wanted them or even liked them after 
tney arrived. They seem to be doing what we either 
would not or could not do. And herein is a great 
comment on the lethargy of churches and ministers 
M'ho avow that theirs is a Whole Bible message. Un- 
christian intolerance will not banish the Cults. Such 
undemocratic wishful hating will neither desti'oy 
them nor accomplish the real work of the regular or 
old line churches. And it is a poor substitute to turn 
the Sunday evening pulpit over to searching out all 
the reasons why they are not wanted. Apparently 
they are wanted by millions of American people who 
have as much right to them as we have to our ways. 
If God cannot use the regular Christians or regular 
churches to win the lost and acquaint them with 
Jesus and the Word, it is becoming evident that He 
can use the irregular ones. And He probably will 
use them until we become burdened to the extent 
that we really want Him to use us, — even in His 
way, not ours ; yea, even to regain our first love and 
zeal to seek out the lost for Him. 

What Churches Are 
Growing in America? 

■"PWO hundred and fifty-six religious bodies in the 
•*• United States report a total membership of 68,- 
501,186. This represents an increase of 25.5 per 
cent over that of 1926. During the same period of 
time the estimated increase in population is 14.3 
per cent. There are now 7.6 per cent more local 
churches than there were in 1926. The fastest gain- 
ing group of all the denominations are those listed 
under "Churches of God." They showed a growth 
of 197.9 per cent. The churches listed under "Evan- 
gelistic Associations" increased 87.3 per cent. The 
"Latter Day Saints" increased 53.5 per cent; the 
Mennonites, 66.5 per cent ; the Adventist bodies, 52.4 
per cent; Baptist bodies, 35.1 per cent. Lutheran 
bodies showed a gain of 26.6 per cent. Roman Cath- 
olics indicated a gain of 23.3 per cent. Some larger 
denominations and many smaller denominations re- 
port a decrease. The trend indicates that rural 
churches are being abandoned at the moment. This 
is unfortunate for rural people usually have larger 
families and the best of our Nation's leadership is 
usually from the country. 



February 19, 1944 



Front-Line Religion 



Army Chaplain Sees Emergency of Practical Everyday Religion 



Denominational differences being- replaced by a 
more realistic conception of God 



(Major John S. Garrenton, staff chaplain for the 
China-Burma-India Wing of the U. S. Ai-my Trans- 
port Command, tells here in the official transcript 
of a press conference at the War Department what 
religion means to the men on the fighting fronts. 
During his stay in the Far East, Major Garrenton 
flew thousands of miles each month, made more than 
30 trips across the mountains from India to China 
and was under fire nine times.) 

Major Garre-nton: It has been my experience that 
the soldier overseas today is not interested verj^ 
deeply in denominational relationships or affiliations. 
He is not concerned a great deal with creeds, with 
dogmas^ — he is vitally concerned with real practical 
religion, something he can take a hold of today, 
something that means something to him now. It 
doesn't matter whether the service which he may at- 
tend is on Sunday, on Saturday night or Tuesday 
morning. The fact is that it is a place where he can 
worship and enjoy the fellowship of his comrades 
in worship. To the soldier over there, God has come 
to be Someone who is very real. 

I am thinking now of a pilot who had been out 
on a flight. One engine of his ship ceased to func- 
tion. Naturally, losing altitude, he unloaded his car- 
go and was coming in for a landing, having success- 
fully gotten back to the field. During the landing 
process, in some manner or other, he struck the top 
of a tree and the controls were snatched out of his 
hands. His statement to me was that at that moment 
he said, "God, you fly her, I can't." He successfully 
landed the plane on the field, though he claims he 
never touched the controls after that. 

The reaction of the average soldier is very similar 
in that he is anxious to do something that he feels 
will help in the carrying on of religious work. I hap- 
pened merely to mention to a sergeant one day the 
fact that it would be veiy helpful if we had an altar 
on which to worship in a building which was being 
used for services. The following week when I visited 
that field the sergeant presented to me an altar 



which he made himself out of scraps of wood he liad 
picked up around various places where he could find 
it. Candelabra and other items were made by him 
out of tin cans. He seemed proud that he had been 
able to do something that would contribute to the 
worship services on his field. 

Question from the press: What do you think about 
soldiers' religion after the war? Will these men who 
are so religious now continue to be so religious when 
they come back, or do you think they will be fed up 
with church organizations? 

Answer: I think these men are fed up with creeds. 
I don't think they are fed up with religion. Religion 
is more vital to these men over there under the expe- 
riences through which they are passing than it is 
to many of us who haven't had such experience. A 
soldier, whether he be on the ground or in the air, 
has born in him a conviction that makes him con- 
scious that God is very real and close to him — a con- 
viction that he isn't going to lose when he comes 
back out of that. 

Question: Can he hold that conviction and not fol- 
low the standards of organized religion? 

Ansiver: That depends on what your standards of 
organized religion are. 

Question: I mean what is current and generally 
accepted as organized religion. 

Answer: Are you thinking in tenns of morals? 

Question: I am thinking in terms of conduct. 

A7isiver: I think he will be able to hold that con- 
viction without losing those standards. I don't think 
you will find that those standards will affect his 
conviction because I think his conviction is causing 
him to abide by those standards. 

Question: What influence will this have on denom- 
inationalism in this country? 

Answer: That question I can't answer, of course. 
Personally I think that the soldier who returns is 
not going to be interested in the denomination of the 
church on the corner nearest his home, but is going 
to be interested in the church that offers him some- 
thing worthwhile that will help him in the days 
ahead regardless of its denomination. 

Question: Do you think this is going to have an 
influence of changing the program and the plans of 
churches here when the soldiers return and present 



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their need for something which, as you say, is con- 
crete and real ? 

Answe7-: I think we are going to have to empha- 
size a practical, everyday Christianity that is going 
to be hung not altogether on ideals for tomorrow, 
but on something that can be practiced today. 

Qtbestion: Don't we have that now in our churches? 

Atiswer: I hope so. 

Questiooi: If a big portion of our boys come back 
from overseas without denominational affiliation, 
won't that teiid to break down barriers of denomi- 
nation at home? 

Answer: I hope it will tend to unify the Christian 
forces. 

Question: Do the men pay much attention to what 
service they attend? Do Catholics attend Protestant 
services ? 

Answer: At my services, I have Jews, Catholics 
and Protestants at every service. I think that is true 
of every chaplain. If there is a mass to be said or a 



Protestant sei-vice to be conducted, it doesn't matter 
whether a soldier is a Jew, a Protestant, or a Cath- 
olic. If he wishes, he attends, and in most instances 
the boys so wish. On the field in my particular wing 
of the Air Forces, the attendance would run 75 per 
cent of the entire personnel, and it is all voluntary. 
There is no compulsory attendance at any service. 

Question: What problems are they most concerned 
with back home? 

Ansiver: There have been some instances when 
soldiers overseas received letters from home asking 
for a divorce. My own personal opinion is that the 
woman who has a husband overseas wading through 
hell, sweat and blood and is playing around over here 
with another man is about the lowest think I know ; 
and the next lowest thing I know is the man who 
runs around with her. 

("Reprinted from the United States Neivs, an inde- 
pendent weekly magazine on national affairs pub- 
lished at Washington.") 



LAST MINUTE NEWS 

(Continued from page 2) 
Mrs. Claud Studebaker 

Inquiry about Mrs. Studebaker's healtli certainly indicates 
that there is a large number of friends throughout the de- 
nomination concerned about her. Our last word from Brother 
Studebaker by phone is that she is certainly not well. We 
trust that many of you will continue to remember her in your 
devotions. 

Lost Creek, Kentucky 

breaks all precedents and sends through the grand offering 
for Thanksgiving of $104.31. Now this is an heroic achieve- 
ment. And it contains in that bundle just worlds of good will 
to the Brethren people and their Missionary Board for faith- 
ful service to them. Appreciation does look good when it is 
thus crystallized into Christian action, doesn't it? It creates 
appreciation contagiously. 
Christian Endeavor's 63 Birthday Celebrated. 

We were recently greatly inspired by a program on Sun- 
day morning in the New Lebanon Brethren Church where 
Reverend Clayton Berkshire is pastor. His young people had 
charge of the service, and it carried us back some iifteen 
years to great enthusiastic Christian Endeavor meetings with 
the Los Angeles County Union. Reverend Bei-kshire and the 
New Lebanon church can well be proud of their young peo- 
ple. They performed with as much ease and dignity as old 
timers. It was our guess that this was not new to any of 
them. 
Berlin, Pennsylvania 

Two evenings spent in the Berlin Brethren Church with 
Reverend Sylvester Whetstone and his Brethren proved a 
great interest In soul winning there. In fact we were unex- 
pectedly invited to remain for the second night in order 
that we might further our study in this direction. The Breth- 
ren there now have a redecoration program under way, also. 
It is our hope that great power in great actions may become 
manifested in reaching the lost of their community. A great 
burden will realize this. And it is evident that Berlin has 
this burden. 



West Alexandria, Ohio 

A recent visit to West Alexandria acquainted us with their 
new project, namely a lovely parsonage. Much to the delight 
of the pastor, Reverend Eugene Beekley, and the congrega- 
tion and even the local community, this accomplishment has 
been- realized. We congratulate West Alexandria upon their 
forward stride. But this is not the total of their efforts. This 
church is ministering to a community and it is doing that 
with efficient methods. The basement of the church has been 
completely reorganized and re-planned, and under the lead- 
ership of Mrs. Leona (Keplinger) Unger now enjoys a junior 
church service each morning. 

New Kensington, Penna. 

Unfortunately for us and for New Kensington we lose the 
services of Reverend and Mrs. Chester Zimmerman in New 
Kensington. However the Third Brethren Church in Johns- 
.town is to gain, for the Zimmermans have accepted a call 
from that Church. We trust that a great and enjoyable min- 
istry will await them there. However, New Kensington and 
Brush Valley have lost their Pastor. Brother Zimmerman's 
resignation spoke very highly of both of these churches. 

Dr. Jack Riddle 

Dr. Jack Riddle, son of Reverend E. M. Riddle, is in the 
hospital at Columbus. He is just now recovering from an 
attack of Peritonitis that nearly proved fatal. We are grate- 
ful for his recovery. Jack recently received his Ph.D. degree 
from the Ohio State University. He and his wife Helen are 
the proud parents of a wonderful little boy, Jackson, Jr., only 
a few months old. They live at 200% West Lane Avenue, : 
Columbus, Ohio. 

Dr. J. C. Beal \ 

Word has reached us of the death of Dr. J. C. Beal. Our ; 
present information is that he was preaching in Tracy, Cal- i 
ifoniia, and suffered a stroke. He lingered only three days < 
after that. If our information is correct he will be buried in 
the State of Washington. Our sympathy is extended to his j 
daughter Elizabeth (Betty), who was known to many of us \ 
while she was here in College. 



February 19, 1944 



Funeral Services for Rev. L. A. Myers 



The sudden de- 
parture of our 
good preacher 
and brother Rev- 
erend L. A. My- 
ers from his busy 
and sacrificing 
ministi'y in Oak 
Hill, West Vir- 
ginia, brought all 
of us to the quick 
realization of his 
valuable work 
among us as a 
minister and 
Christian friend. 
Brother Myers 
was in the Oak 
Hill hospital 
where he had un- 
dergone what we 
all thought was a 
successful operation, when his heart failed to sus- 
tain the unusual strain placed upon it. He passed 
away at about eight o'clock on Saturday morning, 
February 12. His going left a great vacancy not only 
in the Myers' home and in the Oak Hill church and 
community but in the ministry of the Brethren de- 
nomination. 

Immediately upon telephone notice of this unhappy 
event the Secretary of the Missionary Board left for 
Oak Hill. 

Unlimited kindness was shown the Myers family 
by the entire conmiunity. The Oak Hill church was 
unstintingly and lovingly attentive to the family in 




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The recent announcement of Dean M. A. Stuckey that 
there shall be an Institute for the ministers of our denomi- 
nation answers a dream and need that some of us have felt 
for a number of years. It is to be held we notice just after 
Easter, which will make it the more welcome to all of our 
Brethren preachers. This will give them a useful and very 
inspirational week in which to recuperate from the previous 
strain of a busy pre-Easter period. And it will answer the 
great need that all of us who preach and teach require — 
that of having others minister to us. Undoubtedly this will 
be a time of great inspiration and rich learning for all of us. 

Some of the speakers we know personally. They will fill 
a great need in our own spiritual demands. For who is so 
drained and called upon to minister as the minister himself? 
This is a great thing. We hope every one of our ministers 
and their wives who possibly can will make the necessary 
effort to avail themselves of this Institute with its forums 
and discussion periods. 

Our busy preachers are so occupied ^vith Boards and Com- 



such a time when their many kindnesses were truly 
appreciated. The Oak Hill ministers and their 
churches also showed great consideration and help- 
fulness. 

Brother Myers had a large ministry in our denom- 
ination, and particularly in Oak Hill. His good work 
with this people has brought them practically to 
complete freedom from debt on their property. His 
faithful efforts with all who needed him went home 
to their mark. Because of his humble and genuine 
Christian life and ministry many people feel that 
they have lost not only a pastor but a true and close 
friend. 

The final services were held on Wednesday, Feb- 
ruary 16, 1944, at two o'clock in the afternoon. J. 
Ray Klingensmith was assisted by all of the minis- 
ters of the city, who attended in a body as Honorary 
Pall Bearers. It was a large service. Intennent was 
made in the Oak Hill cemetery by the Thomas Fu- 
neral Directors of that city. 

All of the children came from considerable dis- 
tances. The son, T. Sgt. Forrest Myers, who is now 
stationed at Louisville, Kentucky, was present with 
his wife Frances. Rebecca, whose husband Pfc. Le 
Moine Cavin is stationed in Illinois, was present, 
with her husband. Martha Lou, and her husband Lt. 
Roger Eyerly, who is stationed in Mississippi, were 
present. Mirth, Mrs. John Gregory was present al- 
though her husband was overseas. 

Brother Myers' sudden demise was not unlike his 
entire life. He had worked with increasing zeal into 
his sixty-fifth and final year. The inexhaustible re- 
serves of God's greatest promises are intended for 
faithful servants and loyal ministers such as our de- 
parted friend. 



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mittees at our regular Conference time that little inspiration 
is left for them. And really we preachers are the ones who 
most need such inspiration. This Spiritual Institute, revolving 
about our Seminary, is logically placed. Here we can come 
to obtain valuable books and guidance. 

It is delightful in its thought that Dr. P. H. Welshimer, 
who has been so marvelously successful and so widely used 
of God, is giving us a whole day. We will learn much from 
him. And likewise, Dr. John Mulder, President of the West- 
ern Reformed Seminary at Holland, Michigan, is a powerful 
figure in definitely spiritual and Christian thought. These 
men share continuously through their books and constant 
speaking ministries in preaching and teaching. Then so out- 
standing a man as the pastor of the Old Stone Church in 
Cleveland, Dr. Robert Whyte, who is knovra very -nddely, will 
bring us so much. He has spoken to the Dayton Ministers 
recently. This is the very thing some of us have been long- 
ing for for some years. 



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They Went Two by Two 

Into the hHomes of Los Angeles 



The story of a remarkable evangelistic 
crusade in which 33 Los Angeles 
churches participated. 



Brethren ministers and influential laymen! Read 
this article carefully and then pi-ay about it. Your 
denomination is this Easter opening a Crusade for 
2,000 new Brethren Christians by the following Eas- 
ter. Your church and ministry MUST share in this 
great ci-usade if it reaches its mark. It probably will 
not be accomplished with an "Evangelistic" meet- 
ing which only reaches members. Study this. God 
is using men and churches today. Our ministry must 
deal with salvation of the lost. To deal with them 
it must find them, not wait for the lost to find the 
ministry. Let us come to your church for an evening 
or two to present this burden and business of the 
Lord. 

This fine article is taken from the Baptist publi- 
cation "Missions," Feb., 1944. The Baptists are do- 
ing it. Why can't we? 



In greater Los Angeles 33 churches, under the 
leadership of Dr. Walter E. Woodbury, cooperated 
in a Home Visitation Crusade, November 15-18, 
1943. Teams of two persons each to the number of 
782 personally interviewed 2,612 men and women, 
pressing on them the claims of Christ and His 
church. Of this number, 591 made decisions, 209 of 
which were first decisions. The remaining 382 were 
letter transfers. 

This crusade showed the effectiveness of the home 
visitation type of evangelism where church mem- 
bers became the evangelists. Here is what happened. 
On the first night of our visitation 213 teams inter- 
viewed 686 persons and secured 209 decisions of 
which 66 were first decisions. Had these workers and 
prospects been gathered in one auditorium the ac- 
tual count would have been 1,112. Of these, 686 (or 
69 % ) would have been non-church members or non- 
Christians. Before the evening concluded every one 
of these prospects had been approached conceniing 
their gelation to Christ and the church with the re- 
sult that 209 of these 686 prospects had been brought 
to a decision. During the first four days 591 deci- 
sions were reported. 

Have you ever been in a church meeting with 
1,112 persons present, where 69% of them w'ere 
good prospects, and where the rest of the audience 
were active personal workers, and where one-third 



By Paul W. Kopp 



of the prospects made decisions? Have you ever seen 
a revival with such amazing results, especially on 
the first night? Yet these results were produced by 
our Baptist churches in Los Angeles, and we thank 
God for this "landslide" of decisions. 

This revival was so unspectacular that many were 
not aware of this great work of God in our midst, 
but very quietly many precious souls have entered 
the Kingdom with a firm step because of this "Cru- 
sade." Personally, I have never seen a revival like 
this one. We have schooled ourselves in the notion 
that a revival must be exciting and spectacular, 
without which characteristic it cannot be genuine. 
Yet it was often during the week-day's dull and 
monotonous routine that Jesus extended the personal 
invitation, "Come . . . follow Me." 

It has been a great revival because it revived our 
church members. Many were thrilled to find that 
they could successfully do personal work. Many pas- 
tors have remarked that this crusade has done their 
workers more good than anybody or anything else. 
It was also a great revival because of the number 
of decisions in four nights. Not often does God give 
us 591 decisions for Him and the chui-ch the first 
four nights of an evangelistic effort. Is it not signifi- 
cant that there w^ere 209 decisions Monday night? 
Surely the "Lord wrought a great victory that day." 
Word from one church this morning tells us of a 
man who had not been to church for twenty years 
until last Sunday, when he came with his wife to 
make public his decision. He was reached by an or- 
dinary layman during our crusade, and it has been 
a great revival because it did not end November 18th. 
Many of the churches were so enthused that they 
are continuing the plan and in some places the en- 
thusiasm has been so contagious that the plan is 
gaining momentum. Sevei'al churches are meeting 
once a month for supper and then going out two by 
two to secure decisions for Christ. Once again, 
"Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory 
through our Lord Jesus Christ." Some churches un- 
able to participate last month are planning to do 
this work in the near future. The crusade has really 
just begun. May it continue until the work is done. 



February 19, 1944 



The Klingensmith Lectures on E 



vdngeiism 



// 



By Dean M. A. Stuchey 



On the dates of January 4-7, and 11-14 respec- 
tively of the present school semester, J. Raymond 
Klingensmith, the General Secretary of the Mission- 
ary Board of the Brethren Church, lectured to the 
seminary and pre-seminary students of Ashland Col- 
lege and Seminary. The lectures were eight in num- 
ber. 

It is needless for me to say at this relatively late 
date that they were well-received by our students. 
Thay came from a mind and heart fired with a pas- 
sion for evangelism. They were under-girded with 
a Biblical background and manifested omniverous 
reading from old as well as new sources. They had a 
sparkling freshness about them which did not smell 
of the musty sermon barrel. They were practical, 
alive, and moving. 

Early in his seminary career in our institution, the 
lecturer evinced signs of his interest in the winning 
of men to Christ. Accordingly he chose to write his 
graduation thesis on the topic : THE EVANGELISM 
OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, ITS GENERAL 
TRENDS IN HISTORY, AND IN APPLICATION 
OF ITS PRINCIPLES TO PRESENT DAY EF- 
FORTS. The thesis was written after two years of 
wide reading, and reached more than the average 
proportions for such a requirement for graduation 
in our institution. It has been available for student 
consultation and study since the year of 1934. 

The lectures centered around the following 
themes : 

1. The Evangelism of the New Testament. 

2. The Place of Evangelism During the Present Re- 
cession of its Unique Function. 

3. The Purpose of the Present Study of Evangel- 
ism. 

4. Preparing for the Evangelistic Meeting. 

5. Conserving the Results of Evangelism. 



6. The Function of the Evangelist. 

7. Rules for Success in Evangelism. 

8. The Evangelist as a Prophet. 

The above themes will suggest to the reader the 
scope of the messages which our students received 
here during the early weeks of January. They are 
being shared with the Brethren everywhere even 
though they are only outlined as to topics hei-e. 

Much of this material should be put into text-book 
foi'm for the use of oui' preachers and the young 
theological students of tomorrow. Some of the orig- 
inal thesis pages should be published verbatim, es- 
pecially those dealing with the results of a ques- 
tionnaire sent to such widely recognized divines as 
W. E. Beiderwolf, J. E. Conant, Charles I. Goodell, 
John S. Hamilton, J. C. Massee, Mark A. Matthews, 
W. B. Riley, William A. Sunday, and the latter's co- 
worker. Homer Rodeheaver. These findings consti- 
tute a veritable storehouse of wisdom for preachers 
and lay evangelistic workers. 

The Brethren Church has been asking its leaders 
to write useful monographs for the use of future 
generations. Here are materials which will compai'e 
favorably with the evangelism output of any denom- 
ination large or small. It is to be hoped that money 
will be forthcoming from some source to aid and abet 
the cause of evangelism on the home and foreign 
fields of Christian service. 

As one spokesman for the Seminary, pex^mit me to 
say that the teachers and students here appreciate 
greatly the loan to us of the General Secretary, J. 
Ray Klingensmith, by the Board which he sei-ves so 
faithfully. His lecturing made permanent impres- 
sions which will not soon pass. The dividends from 
such service will be rich and abiding for long years 
to come in our fraternity. 



If you dare to believe the revolutionary teachings of Christ — which 
are poles apart from many of the fundamental tendencies of our time, 
which are scoffed at and derided by the crowds around us — if you dare 
to believe what Christ said was true and to put His faith to the test, what 
a thrilling adventure Christianity becomes ! It means no less than helping 
to save a civilization — which has in it much that is infinitely precious — 
by bringing to the profound problems of the day a wisdom gained through 
knowledge of Christ and a vision caught from His presence. What a fear- 
ful and thrilling task for those who, looking into Chi'ist's face and taking 
His hand, are ready to walk with Him and make the great adventure! — 
Hon. Francis B. Say re. 



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News froifi the Argentine 



LETTERS FROM DR. C. F. YODER 



PART I 

The year 1943 has been one of encouraging prog- 
ress in all our missions in Argentina. There have 
been advances in every way. New districts have been 
entered with great success. The tent campaigns 
have brought several scores of public confessions of 
acceptance of Christ and in Rosario and Buenos 
Aires there have been many baptisms. In Cordoba 
there are candidates for baptism, but as the work 
is new they are being indoctrinated more before be- 
ing baptized. 

Rosario and Buenos Aires have flourishing Chris- 
tian Endeavor societies and Woman's Missionary So- 
cieties. Cordoba has meetings for women and young 
people, but is not ready to organize societies. The 
Sunday Schools have all increased in number and 
the summer vacation Bible Schools have been the 
largest and most successful yet held. 

In Cordoba, after two years of meetings in small 
/lalls on the outskirts of our district, we have been 
able at last to rent a site in the center of it. I say 
a site, because it consists of a house with one small 
room and kitchen and two vacant lots. But it gives 
us room for the tent and for a playground for the 
children ; and although it is in a strong Catholic cen- 
ter the attendance and the interest have been better 
here than in the former places. During the tent 
meeting twenty-five professed faith publicly for the 
first time and the vacation Bible school had an at- 
tendance of from 60 to 80. The Chiistmas program 
was well prepared and much enjoyed by all. 

Brother Valera, who came from Rosario to care 
for the tent and help in the meetings, has been suf- 
fering from sinecitis but under treatment with short 
waves here he is improving. We are now in the hot 
season of the year when all who can do so enjoy 
a vacation for rest. However, there is always oppor- 
tunity to visit and confirm those who have made a 
beginning in the Gospel. 

PART II 

In Argentina we are now in the vacation season. 
As the country extends two thousand miles north 
and south there is a great difference in climate 
between the two extremes. Our district is in the cen- 
tral part with a climate comparable to central Cali- 



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fornia, only better in that the rainy season comes 
here in the summer and alleviates the heat while the 
winters are sunny. 

This summer, for the first time in my experience, 
we have had a time of continued clouds and rain for 
ten days in mid summer, and still continues. It was 
preceded by a heat wave and now has brought an 
earthquake which was felt from the Atlantic to the 
Pacific. It frightened many people here, but did no 
damage. Its epicenter was three hundred miles to 
the west of us where the city of San Juan was al- 
most completely destroyed. Very few houses escaped 
serious damage while it is reported that at least a 
thousand people have been killed and over four thou- 
sand injured. It happened only last evening, Janu- 
ary 15, and the President immediately ordered the 
military forces nearest to the scene to hasten to the 
place with supplies of all kinds, and help to habili- 
tate lodgings for the homeless people. The shock 
lasted several minutes, but was accompanied by the 
usual galloping legions. It came while people were at 
supper. There are small towns round about San 
Juan, we do not know how many, that were com- 
pletely destroyed and in some places there are deep 
cracks in the ground making the roads impassible 
until repaired. Physicians and nurses with remedies 
and train loads of food and other supplies have been 
rushed by the civil authorities of surrounding cities, 
and a nation wide collection for the sufferers is to 
be given tomorrow. 

The Press of this country has often referred to 
North America as an inspiring example of coopera- 
tion in relief work, but now the ready response in 
this calamity by the people here is worthy of sin- 
cere eulogy. The Evangelical missions, while hin- 
dered by the sectarian spirit of many, are united in 
the work of charity. The country has avoided the 
horror of active participation in the war, but is not 
lacking in the sins which bring wars and other judg- 
ments upon peoples who forget God. The missions 
themselves are thi'eatened vdth a period of persecu- 
tion, which may be the very best thing to arouse the 
believers to greater zeal and courage in their wit- 
nessing for Christ. 

Our own work is being continually blessed, but 
with the enduement and fervor of the apostolic l 
church we could do more. In Rosario the mission is 
well organized and strong in all departments, and 
in Buenos Aires it is coming right along. In Cordoba 



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the Lord permitted us this year to have the site for 
the tent which we wanted last year, but could not 
get. It is in the center of our district, which is also 
the center of the greatest activity against us. Bul- 
letins were given out from house to house warning 
the people against us. Nevertheless we had good at- 
tendance in the tent campaign, in the Vacation Bible 
School, the Sunday School, Christmas activities and 
now in the regular meetings which continue. Quite 
a number have professed conversion and there is a 
nucleus of good families in which both parents and 
children attend, and the promise is good for the fu- 
ture. Pray with us that we may be able to continue 
in this center. We are working mostly with the chil- 
dren and through them reach the parents also. We 
avoid controversy and preach Christ. The children 
of the Jewish family of which I have written before 
still continue to come and bring others. Besides the 
Sunday School we have a short meeting for children 
before the Sunday evening service and another on 
Saturday afternoons. The children bring offerings to 
the Sunday School and we hope to begin soon a sys- 
tem of giving for the adult believers. Our church 
paper is growing in cii'culation. Many add voluntary 
offerings to their subscriptions. Today such an of- 
fering of thirty pesos ($7.50) came by mail. We 
could have more branch missions if we had more 
workers. Pray with us that the Lord may thrust 
forth these needed workers. 

P. S. — Our daughter, Grace Farre, has just been 
blessed by the coming of another sweet baby girl. 



LETTERS FROM JOSE ANTON 



December, 1943. 



Dear Brother Klingensmith : 



This time, beloved brother, I can give you a most 
wonderful piece of news; namely, on the fifth we 
baptized seven people, four sisters and three men. 
Five of them are the fruits of the harvest here, and 
two are of our annex in the R. de Escalada. 

The same day, we observed the Lord's Supper with 
28 people participating. It was a veritable feast of 
LOVE. 

I must tell you, brother, that Magdalena and little 
Jose are sick. According to the doctor, they are suf- 
fering from nerves, a condition due to the climate 
here. There are many people here who suffer from 
rheumatism. The best remedy is a change of air, I 
believe, as, since many here are most sick with the 
same illness, it is due to the climate which is very 
damp because of the very low terrain. We believe 
that the Lord will soon raise up the two sick ones. 



For God this is no difficulty if he wishes to give 
them their health. 

January 14, 1944. 

Esteemed brother in the faith: 

I am writing to you, as my custom, to send you 
some news relating to the forwarding of the work 
of the Lord here. 

On December 25, of the year just past, we cele- 
brated a beautiful Feast of the Nativity, in which 
many Sunday School children took part. There were 
speeches, plays, Bible dramas, songs, etc., all in ac- 
cordance \\dth the great date we were commemorat- 
ing. Also, I placed a beautiful note on the scene — 
the ti'aditional "Little Christmas Tree." The children 
that attended all year in Sunday School received 
beautiful gifts of games, text Bibles, instructive 
books and candies. The audience at the Feast was 
large and all were vei^^ contented, expressing after- 
wards their pleasure. 

On December 31, at 10 P. M., we met in the church 
to take leave of the Old Year with thanks to the 
Lord for all his goodness and tender mercies to us 
and to ask God for his benediction for the New Year 
that was going to begin. The stroke of midnight 
found us on our knees before the Throne of Grace. 

We hope in truth that the year 1944 may be pros- 
perous and full of blessings for all the children of 
God. That the beloved Lord may aid us to gain many 
souls for His granary. Also, we ask God that the 
war will soon end and permanent peace mil be 
found. 

New officers for the Christian Endeavor and Sun- 
day School are as follows: 

Christian Endeavor : Pres., Maria M. Anton ; Vice 
Pres., Jose E. Anton (son) ; Sec, Josefa M. de An- 
ton; Treas., Juan Camino; Pro., Esteban Schaffer; 
Pro., Angel Daniele. 

Sunday School: Supt., Jose Anton; Sec, Isabel 
Oungian; Pro., Maria M. Anton; Treas., J. Camino; 
Librarian, Anita Aungian ; Pianist, Irma Schaffer. 

Without other motive for the present, it is my 
pleasure to salute you in the love of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

Your brother in the common faith, 

Jose Anton. 



LETTERS FROM ADOLFO ZECHE 

December, 1943. 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

Most beloved brother in the Lord Jesus: 

I wish to write to you anew, giving thanks to the 
Lord first for being in good health, and to you for 



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your goodness, which enables me to remember you 
with affection and much love. We appreciate the 
prayers and aid which we receive generously from 
you and all the brethren in North America. 

With the month of December, we have entered 
into the hottest part of the summer, having many 
suffocating days, since Rosario is hotter than Cor- 
doba. Classes in the schools have ended, the pri- 
mary children having their vacations and the Na- 
tional students their examinations. 

It is a good time for us to have an examination of 
our lives also, this being the last month of the year. 
The work of the mission goes well with good enthu- 
siasm, and the boys and girls of our Sunday Schools 
are happy because Christmas is coming soon and 
they will have their feasts and the prizes for their 
attendance during the year in the Sunday School. 
But these last years there have been very poor feasts 
because of the misery existing in many places, and 
the great poverty and need among the families, oc- 
casioned by the war which hinders commerce bring- 
ing merchandise of other nations. Our country de- 
pends on the importation of merchandise of other 
countries, and if the boats cannot travel, there is a 
scai'city of many things. Fortunately, there is an 
abundance of grains such as wheat, corn, and rye, 
as also there are many cattle which provide us with 
meat and milk. Thus since gifts ai-e very dear, it is 
not easy to give many things to the boys and girls 
that attend regularly, and they will have to content 
themselves with a few candies. 

I am thinking that if I am able to go to North 
America next year, I will be able to carry back on 
my return from the U. S. to Argentina again some 
objects for the boys and girls in the Sunday School. 

The young assistant, Jose Varela, and Senorita 
Luisa Kugler have gone from Rosario to Cordoba 
taking with them the tent for their work in that 
city, but we remain with less help here, and work 
increases during the summer. Truly, there is a great 
need for a larger number of workers and aids in 
this great field of work. We are praying to the Lord 
of the harvest that He will send workers into the 
field, as the Lord said in Matthew 9 :37, 38. 

The congress of the C. E. societies which we had 
in Rosaria in November gave good inspiration to our 
youth of the church, and they are desirous now of 
attending a Rally of young people that will be held 
sometime in the month of February ; and we ask that 
you may pray to the Lord in our favor for the gain 
of these young people for the Lord, and their useful- 
ness in the service of His work. 

Well, I will close sending greetings and fraternal 
blessings to all of you. 

With much love in Christ, 

Adolf Zeche. 



January 3, 1944. 

My beloved brother in the Lord Jesus Christ: 

With great happiness I write again to you, at the 
last of the old year and the beginning of the new, 
with a great desire that our loved and good God 
will bless you, and the always beloved brethren in 
the United States, as well as the Missionary Board 
of the Brethren, as the Lord has blessed us here. 
We find joy in the love and comfort of all of you and 
m your constant and rich prayers. We confess that 
many times we have felt the influence of your 
prayers when we have had problems and special 
wishes for the work of the Lord here. The invisible 
hand of God directs and guides all our good plans. 
And so we have ended a joyous and happy year. The 
whole Brethren Church in Rosario feels very grate- 
ful to you and always we praise and give glory to 
God for the efforts that you make and we fervently 
ask God that He will recompence all you North ' 
Americans richly, and that His Grace may be in- I 
creased toward you always more fully. 

During the year that has passed, we have worked 
hard. The Vacation Bible School, with fine results, 
reached many boys and girls that did not come to 
our meetings before ; and some have continued to at- 
tend Sunday School. In the second place, the tent 
that was set up in some pretty lots was very com- 
fortable for the summer weather. We had confer- 
ences and special meetings for sevei-al months in the 
same site or place where many people have heard 
for the first time the precious message of the Gos- 
pel ; and also, in this way we have gained some new 
souls to the Lord, that now attend regularly at our 
church, and they are growing in the knowledge of ' 
the Sacred Scriptures and have been baptized as i 
members of the church. 

Later, the place of the tent was changed and after 
working some weeks in other districts of the city, 
we opened an annex, or another place of meeting, 
and worship, where, thank God, we have gained some ' 
fine young people that are actually very enthusiastic 
and cooperate actively in the church and Sunday 
School. This new church, or annex of the other, has 
given us much happiness and joy in the Lord. 

After the feast of the Nativity that we had here, 
where many boys and girls took part and testified 
for the public their faith and confidence in Him who 
was born to save them from their sins ; I say, after ; 
this feast, and almost in the New Year, many young 
people carried hearts of joy on giving their testi- 
mony before the church, the marvels that God has 
done with them in converting them, and throwing 
themselves intjo the loved arms of God, and being 
happy for the Gospel that has caused them to accept 
the Savior that they now had. 



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Beloved brother Klingensmith, we feel much joy 
in the Task the Lord has assigned us, and, as the 
many young people in our Brethren Church in Ar- 
gentina, we also testify that we feel happy in the 
Lord Jesus, whom we love sincerely and wish to 
serve with all our heart. 

With the sincere and saci'ificing aid of all of you 
in the United States, we promise to do much more 
for our God and Savior during the year we are now 
beginning, the year 1944, so that when our loved 
Lord Jesus Christ comes the second time. He will 
find us working actively in His Service being faith- 
ful witnesses, and carrying the precious message of 
salvation to many more souls that live in darkness 
and sin, in this great country of Argentina. We 
promise to be faithful and consecrated to the* good 
doctrines that we have received from the conse- 
crated missionaries that came to bring us the Light 
in our nation of Argentina — the Light of the Breth- 
ren Church. 

It gives me much personal joy to be able, God 
willing, to go to North America soon and to be able 
to know all of you personally; and also, that you, 
knowing us personally, may love us more and moi'e. 
I am hoping in truth that my trip will turn out to 
be a reality, God permitting. I am veiy happy at 
this. 

Particularly I wish to tell you that my older 
daughter, Esther Adelina, age 12 on December 27, 
has finished her first studies at school and has also 
received her work in piano. It was a little sacrifice 
for us to pay for her studies and the many expenses 
that we have, but we are happy that she has already 
finished her first part and now is able to continue 
studying, if God wishes. Possibly she may be able 
to take up a study that will be more useful for the 
service of God in His work. It is our prayer. Actu- 
ally, she aids us in Sunday School, playing music in 
her class, especially hymns in the meetings and mu- 
sic in the programs on feast days. 

Well, beloved brother and Rev. Klingensmith, re- 
ceive our salutations and sincere expressions of love 
in the Lord, and greet all the good Brethren in the 
Lord Jesus. 

Affectionately, 

Adolfo Zeche. 



NEWS ITEMS FROM SPANISH MAGAZINE 
TESTIGO FIEL 

GERLI 

Christidn Endeavor . A beautiful meeting was held, 
attended by the members and others invited. This 
was also attended by a growing delegation of youths 
and girls of the Societies of V. Calzada and Burzaco. 



We were spoken to by young Abel de Seta, of V. 
Calzada. After the meeting, tea was served and we 
passed some time in social expansion. All enjoyed 
the meeting. 

Good Example The brothers of R. de Escalada 
joined in a small fund to buy an instrument. They 
already have $20. We ask the brethren that, if they 
know of any wind instrument, they will advise us. 

The Gospel Tent For the month of September, we 
thought to have a new campaign with the Tent in 
Gerli. To this end, we asked for the presence of 
Brother Jose Varela and also of Missionary H. L. 
Kugler of Rosario, brothers that dedicate all their 
time and energies for carrying the glorious message 
of the Lord to those who do not know the precious 
Master. 

Church of Gerli The congregation here has enjoyed 
a pleasant visit of Miss Louisa Kugler of the Breth- 
ren Church at Rosario. Sister Kugler had made a 
visit to nearly all the meetings, including the Sun- 
day School and the Juniors. Her messages, full of 
inspiration, clear and stimulating, were listened to 
with much attention. She has taught us various new 
choruses that will not be forgotten and which we 
will always remember in connection with her pleas- 
ant stay with us. 

Approving the preparation and capacity of this 
mission, we have organized a coui-se of studies on 
Personal Work, adopting for it the motto, "After the 
lost Souls." 

Christian Endeavor A representation of 18 of our 
society attended a special meeting of Christian 
brotherhood in the Presbyterian Church of Temper- 
ley, under the auspices of the Union of Christian 
Endeavor Societies of Argentina. At this meeting 
140 people in all attended, in spite of bad weather. 
We heard a talk on "Being More Efficient Workers," 
presented by Brother A. Rodriguez Gillan. Also, we 
heard the words of Rev. Manuel Puch, who gave us 
a very good talk. In the second part of the meeting 
tea was served and we passed some moments in so- 
cial comradeship. 



CORDOBA 

In Cordoba, the following have said the thirteen 
texts: Nanci Tasaki, Rhode E. Castollo, Julia Asis, 
Nora Leoni, Nelida Fernandez, Salvador Abizano, 
Miriam Farre. 

The two Sunday Schools celebrated together the 
Day of the Race with more than seventy people, in 
spite of rain. 

The first Sunday of each month the Lord's Supper 
is celebrated with much blessing. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Toplei eofirnKhted br ttie Interna tioiul Socletj of Chrlstlui EndeaTor. 
Used b; permuslou." 

Topic for February 27, 1944 

"MY NEIGHBOR: THE JAPANESE-AMERICAN" 

Scripture: 1 Cor. 13:4, 5; Luke 9:51-56 

For The Leader 

The Japanese-American is in a rather difficult position to- 
day. For he is in most cases a loyal American in thought 
and deed. Yet it is but a few years since he has come from 
that land with which we are engaged in this deathly struggle 
of existence. His position is definitely a hard one, and one 
which will require of us the greatest exercise of Christian 
love and understanding. 

As young people it will be to our advantage to learn as 
much as we can about these neighbors of ours, for these 
Japanese-Americans in our midst will become more and more 
like us in the years to come. America is made up of all peo- 
ples of many nations. We cannot exclude the loyal Japanese- 
American from our hearts. 

DISCUSSION 

1. LOVE, THE CROWNING GLORY OF LIFE. Tonight 
this is a lesson on love. That is, love of one man for his 
neighbors and friends. And this love in our hearts meets 
a practical application in our attitude towards the Japanese- 
Americans today. Can love conquer the prejudices we are 
asked to swallow every day? Is love limited to those whom 
we know and like best ? If this be true, then love is not the 
cro\vning glory of life. No, love compels us to withdraw our- 
selves from hatreds and thoughts for revenge. God is love, 
manifested to us through Jesus Christ. If we profess to be- 
long to Christ, then we must practice tolerance, love, and 
understanding. 

2. LOVE AND THE JAPANESE-AMERICAN. How does 
this love we are professing to possess actually work in re- 
regards to this people ? Here is a group of human beings, 
with flesh and blood just like ourselves, who, having come 
to this country to live, find themselves involved in inter- 
national problems of war. Our carnal nature rebels against 
them, especially so since the reports of the treatment of 
American prisoners by the Japanese. 

Such facts are terrible in themselves. But we would not 
condemn a man because of some things his brother had done. 
Not for one minute do we doubt the loyalty to America of 
many of these people who live here. Christian love works in 
this way in this case: "Love suffereth long," overcoming 
many misdeeds and mistakes. Yes, it will even overcome de- 
liberate deeds of evil. "Love thinks no evil," for love is kind. 
Christian love is meeting a real test today, but where this 
'.ove is practiced in deed and life, it is proving successful. 
Can we not exercise this attitude of love towards our neigh- 
bors, the Japanese-Americans? 

3. LOVE MAKES US EQUAL. A positive distinction must 
be made between the nations of the earth at war, and Chris- 
tian peoples of all these nations. Certainly war does not 
come from the heart of the Christ-abiding Christian, but 
emanates from the evil hearts of blood thirsty, greedy power 
mad and sinful people. The true Christian will no more make 
war willingly against a foreign nation than he would against 
his next door neighbor. 

But since sinful and greedy men conduct war which endan- 
gers the lives of all of us we sometimes find it necessary to 



take certain measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones. 
There is no true Christian who enjoys going out under orders 
to kill other human beings. That's because the true Christian 
has been taught to love, and that love makes him equal 
with others. We can practice love for each other. We can 
pray for love and understanding among the various warring 
bodies of the earth. This is an important duty of C. E. young 
people. 

4. DESPISE NO MAN. It is with a deep regret that we 
admit that v/e Christians think more of certain types of 
people than of others. This in itself would not be so bad if 
it did not mean that in thinking less of some, that we also 
despise them. Christ taught us to love our fellowmen. We 
can do this best by taking a tolerant and friendly attitude 
towards every one we meet. To be sure, every soul we meet 
has enough burdens to bear in life without being shunned 
by a young person known as a Christian. We can lend a help- 
ing hand when we see some one in need. Many times a 
chance, assistance will give opportunity to say a word or 
two about Christ to the one you help. We should be watch- 
ful for these chances to witness for our Lord. 

The days in which we find ourselves are days in which 
men and women are fast losing the ideals and morals they 
once had. We cannot ignore this condition; we dare not de- 
spise them. We must help them. When Jesus fed the 5,000, 
you remember that the disciples wanted to send the people 
away. Today when the world is needing spiritual food and 
morals of Christ we dare not despise them or send them 
away. Christian young people, living truly Christian lives 
can do much in helping those who are less fortunate. 

5. SEEK NO REVENGE. Over in Luke in the scripture 
tonight we read of the unfriendliness of the Samaritans to- 
ward Jesus and His disciples. One of the disciples asked if 
Jesus was not going to put the Samaritans in their place 
for their coldness toward Him. Herein He was exercising the 
new spirit of grace that we need today. Jesus did not come 
for revenge, nor to destroy men's lives, but to save them. 
And through the process of salvation He saves the lives of 
those who believe in Him and accept Him as Savior. Another 
place in the scripture it states that revenge and vengeance 
belong to God. In His hands alone is the power of vengeance. 

If we are led to engage in spitefulness, or the spirit of 
"getting even" we had best check up on ourselves. For this 
is the spirit of evil. We are too young in life to become vic- 
tims of the spiteful tools of jealous adults. God needs us too 
much in His good work for us to become hardened against 
any of our fellowmen. We say this because the High School 
age is the time when many lasting hatreds are formed. Girls 
and boys have become life long enemies over some small 
school affair. The Christian young person will pray about 
these things, and forget them and forgive. If there is any 
cause for vengeance, God will take care of it in the course 
of His time. In the meantime, our name and record is clear. 
Let's not spoil our own good name by breathing out hatreds 
on those with whom we have little troubles. Be Christian and 
forget them. Be Christian and forget the color and racial dif- 
ferences between us and other peoples. Our life and their 
life will be happier for all. 

QUESTIONS- 

1. Can we preserve the principles of Christianity if we use 
the inhuman methods of overcoming our adversaries? 

2. How do you think the present methods of warfare are 
aff-ecting the moral and spiritual natures of our boys? 

3. Do you think Christianity Avill seem "workable" and 
"practical" to them when they come back home? 

4. Will Christianity as a religion of worship, love and ser- 
vice, be stronger or weaker after the war, (in your estima- 
tion?) 



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5. What can we best do that will multiply the love and 
understanding of the relationships between Japanese-Ameri- 
cans and other American people ? 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Outlines 



Lesson 56 
Subject: Herodias 

1. Herodias was not an Israelite. She came from Edom, the 
sum and substance of wickedness. Her real husband was 
Philip. He was really a prince, but his father had disowned 
him, and he was forced to take the place of an ordinary citi- 
zen. Consequently Herodias cast envious eyes toward the 
throne. Herod, the king, was married to an Arabian princess. 
Herodias knew Herod's weakness. She drew him on until 
Herod divorced his wife, and kidnaped her. Perhaps she did 
not care especially for Herod, but she did want to be queen, 
and she knew how to get what she wanted. Divorcing a 
husband in order to get a chance at a throne sounds like 
a twentieth century feminine trick. But it worked in the case 
of Herodias. 

2. Herodias entered the royal palace as queen even while 
Philip was still living. Her daughter, Salome, also came to 
the palace to live now as Princess Salome. Salome could, and 
would, dance the sensuous dances that have always delighted 
the hearts of wicked men. In this way the evil spirit of 
Edom began to permeate God's people more and more. 

3. Sinfulness and evil prevailed under the luster and 
and glamour of courtly life. There was one man who had 
the courage to speak out against that evil. With words clear 
and understandable John the Baptist told Herod to his face 
what the Lord said about his adulterous life. Mark 6:18; 
Matthew 14:4. 

4. It seems that Herod was not all bad, and John's open 
condemnation troubled his conscience. Herodias saw that 
Herod's conscience was troubled, and she hated John the 
Baptist. She would have had him killed but she did not have 
that power. Mark 6:19. 

5. Herod feared John. He did not expect bodily injury from 
the Baptist for John was armed only with courage and the 
Sword of the Spirit. Herod feared John because he knew he 
was from God. The Scriptures said he heard him gladly. 
With a different woman on the throne the tragic story would 
never have been written. Mark 6:20. 

6. Herodias soon noticed the effect Johns words had on 
Herod. If John could persuade Herod to repent of his wick- 
edness she would lose her place as queen. She hated the 
prophet who had caused turmoil in the conscience of Herod. 
Herod must not listen to John. She watched her chance to 
still the voice of the man of God., 

7. Herodias was to Herod what Jezebel was to Ahab. Both 
men were wicked. But the women were more wicked. Jezebel 
hated Elijah the prophet of the Old Testament; and Herodias 
hated John the prophet of the New Testament. Ahab never 
dreamed of killing Naboth to get . the vineyard. But after 
Jezebel killed him, he took immediate possession of the vine- 
yard. A %\-icked woman will usually go farther in deadly hate 
and heartless deeds than a man \vill. 1 Kings 21:1-16. 

8. So, in the course of time, Herod had a birthday party. 
He had a great dinner for his lords, and other men of high 
official positions. Herodias had her foul plan all ready. She 



knew Herod was a sensuous person. And was her own daugh- 
ter not young and beautiful, and an expert dancer? Thus 
carefully Herodias laid her plans. She would use her own 
daughter to arouse the passions of Herod. If he offered her 
a gift, . . . then she would have a chance at the prophet 
John. Mark 6:21; Matthew 14:6. 

9. It happened just as she had planned it. Herod was 
pleased with the beautiful young dancer. No doubt he had 
plenty of liquor in him to help him in the extreme reckless- 
ness of the moment, and he offered her anything even the 
half of the kingdom. Herodias, at last, had her revenge on 
John. Mark 6:22-28; Matthew 14:6-11. 

10. You can trace a -wicked woman's influence in any group. 
What true man of God has not felt her scourgings? But 
vengeance belong to the Lord who will surely repay. Romans 
12:19. 



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TWIN FLAGS 




Aye! Raise them high for men to see! 

Two Flags! Two Banners dear to men, 
Tha't were forever o'er the free 

From highest mount to deepest glen. 

The red of each means much the same: 

The One, blood shed on battlefield; 
The Other shows a Cross of Shame 

Where Jesus died, the sinner's shield. 

The white of Both shall symbolize 
The pure in heart, wher'er they be, 

And blue from heaven's spacious skies 
Shall bind them close in unity. 

We love these Flags, and raise them high! 

The Christian Flag of Church and God, 
And Flag of Land for which we'd die . . . 

Our Banner, striped and starry shod. 

And so, in mem'ry of those we love 
In country's Service, far and near. 
In sight of men, and God above, 
. We dedicate these Flags so dear. 

— The Christian-EvangeUst. 



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Volume LXVI Number 9 

February 26, 1944 



The Brethren Evangelist 



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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

It Can't Happen Here— Editorial— F. C. V 3 

The Still Small Voice— Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer 4 

Notice to Pastors and Theological Students — 

Dean M. A. Stuckey 5 

A Brethren Home for Brethren — Dr. Charles A. Bame .... 7 

George F. Kem Passes to His Reward 8 

The Children's Story— "Aunt" Loretta 10 

Ashland College News Letter — Arthur Petit 10 

News From Our Churches (continued on page 14) 11 

Christian Endeavor Topic for March 5, 1944 12 

Prayer Meeting Department — Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert. .l-S 

Pennsylvania District News — Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 13 

The Business Manager's Corner — George S. Baer 16 



INTERESTING ITEMS 



HERE IS INTERESTING NEWS. From four members, 
who are isolated from their churches came an offering that 
totaled $105.00 for the Publication Day Offering. Does that 
put a suggestion into your mind, isolated members of the 
church ? 

NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA, CHURCHES ARE 
HOLDING Union Lenten services, which began on February 
17th. Brother J. R. Schutz, pastor of our Church in that city 
is unable to participate in these services because of previous 
commitments, but the services will be held in our church on 
March 23rd. 

WE ARE SORRY that in a recent report sent in by Brother 
Bame that we deleted the Indian name for Wabash. The word 
should be "Ouabash" and we beg Brother Same's pardon. But 
not being conversant with the language and having lived on 
the "banks of the Wabash" ourselves for a number of years, 
the mistake came natural. 

BROTHER C. Y. GILMER, who so graciously furnishes us 
the news in the Pennsylvania District News column, sends us 
a program of the dedication of their new grand piano. It 
must have been a fine program. 

IN THE DAYTON, OHIO, BULLETIN of February 6th, 
we find a reminder concerning the Publication Day offering. 
Now that is not strange for practically every bulletin that 
comes to our desk has had a reference to that offering. But 
the thing that struck the editor so forcefully in this particu- 
lar announcement was the fact that Brother Grisso called 
the offering a "LOVE OFFERING" for our Publishing Com- 
pany. That is what every offering should be. Was yours such 
an offering? 

BROTHER DYOLL BELOTE, PASTOR OF THE UNION- 
TOWN-HIGHLAND CIRCUIT, has a very interesting bul- 
letin each week. It is crammed full of real local comments 
and news. It is one of the best that comes to our desk. 

WE LEARN FROM THE ROANN, INDIANA, BULLETIN, 
Brother Smith Rose, pastor, that the Revival at Roann vnll 
be held from March 20 through April 2. Brother E. M. Riddle, 
pastor of the Louisville, Ohio, Brethren Church will be the 
evangelist. Remember this meeting in your prayers. 

THE W. M. S., THE LAYMEN, AND THE SISTERHOOD 
met together in the West Alexandria, Ohio Church the first 
part of February to hear two speakers from Dayton, who 
also showed pictures. It was a time of Christian fellowship 
and instruction, says Brother Beekley, the pastor. 

BROTHER H. H. ROWSEY SAYS, "We have just closed 
a successful week of Prayer. But we s'hould not stop with a 
'week' of prayer. Remembering the prayer life of our Lord, 
let us make 1944 a year of prayer." That is fine advice. 
Brother Rowsey and should be followed by every real Chris- 
tian. 

FROM THE NEW LEBANON, OHIO, BULLETIN OF 
FEBRUARY 13th we learn that a Leadership Training Class 
has been started and had a good beginning at its first meet- 
ing. Also that the second class period found fourteen present. 
We also learn that they had a worthwhile Laymen's meeting 
at the church recently. Brother Berkshire, the pastor, says 
that while the attendance was not so large, yet there was a 
splendid spirit among those present and a fine project was 
taken up in an enthusiastic manner. 

WE LEARN FROM THE MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS, 
Bulletin that Brother W. S. Benshoff, the pastor, supplied 
recently for his father, W. C. Benshoff at Lanark, while 
Brother W. C. Benshoff was holding a meeting for Brother 
Stewart at Bryan, Ohio. 



IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE 

How often in the past two years we have heard 
the above words as they relate to bombings, the 
privations and the terrors of war in Europe and the 
far east. Such expression comes either from a self- 
complacency or from an effort to bolster up a fal- 
tering morale or, even from wistful thinking. 

It has now been over two years since the treach- 
erous bombing of Pearl Harbor. It happened even 
while many were saying, in thought, if not in deed, 
"It can't happen to us here in America. The things 
in Europe cannot touch us." And then the blow 
struck with a suddenness that was devastating in 
more ways than one. It came in a way that caused 
consternation and even fear to fall upon the entire 
country, and we believe that it caused the population 
of our country to go to work with a will to coun- 
teract the treacherous act of a pagan enemy. 

But what has this to do with the church? Much! 
In the European countries now under the domina- 
tion of the Axis forces, the church has been struck 
a terrible blow, a blow that was aimed to extermi- 
nate all that Christianity stands for. It aimed to put 
down all organized effort to propagate the Christian 
faith. And not only that, persecution of the individual 
Christian has been a thing to be marveled at by 
thinking people. And yet we sit back in our easy 
chairs and say, "Well, at least that can't happen 
here !" 

Well, maybe not, not in the sense that it may be 
that force will be used to compel us to worship in 
secret, nor will our churches be wantonly destroyed 
and our preachers jailed for their convictions — 

But such conditions could prevail that the loss to 
the church might be as great or even greater than 
if the churches were closed by imperial edict and 
its leaders imprisoned. For such procedure would 
ihave the tendency to produce within the hearts of 
I Christians so martyred, a concerted effort to keep 
alive the true course of Christian life, and the risk 
of imprisonment, and even death. 

The alternate that we are thinking of is a lethargy 
which will result in a "luke warm" church having 
no drawing power and bereft of the "Old Time 
Power" which should and must occupy the central 
place in all Christian effort. Such attitudes are more 
dangerous to the life of the church than all the per- 
secutions now rife in the European theater of war. 

When persecutions came to the early Christians 
in the first century, we read that "They who were 



scattered abroad went everywhere preaching tha 
good news of the gospel." But such scattering today 
seems only to bring on a lethargy and carelessness 
that is akin to utter indifference. Too many men 
and women, Christians in at least a nominal way, 
go their way "into a new community" with the 
thought that since they are doing their duty to the 
war-time effort, they will not be either missed in 
their home church nor needed in the church in this 
new community. For too many times people who 
move into a new community are neglected by the 
church and thus are given no opportunity to show 
their capabilities. Not that this is right on the part 
of the individual who finds himself in a new com- 
munity for he should himself seek out a church 
home and make himself as useful as possible. But it 
does happen this way, and many are lost to the work 
and atmosphere of the church who would othei-wise 
become, in time, a veiy necessaiy cog in the wheels 
of church effort. And this can and does happen here. 

The church is being stripped of many workers and 
adherents in this manner. We scarcely get a report 
of church activity that does not contain a sentence 
something like this — "We are handicapped by the 
absence of many in the service of their country and 
those who have removed to communities in defense 
and war-work areas." 

Now when they return, as many of them will, 
what will be their attitude toward the work of the 
church? It is the result, the final result, of these 
circumstances that now causes us to ask, "Just why 
can't it happen here?" O, of course, not in bombs 
and incediaries, but in indifference and carelessness 
on the part of those who return, and in an ever in- 
creasing number of "luke warm churches." 

These are no idle ramblings but a sincere desire 
to propound such questions and set in motion such 
thinking that we will awake to the real responsi- 
bility of the church in these trying times. We are 
too prone to be contented with our old way of doing 
things and we are forgetful that when all this is over 
we will be living in a different world and meeting 
different problems. And above all we must remem- 
ber that bombs are not the most destructive things 
in the world — that things destroyed by bombs can be 
rebuilt, but that things spiritual destroyed cannot 
be regained or returned. It CAN happen here! 

F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelist 




The Still Small Voice 



By Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer 



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One of the most interesting characters of the Old 
Testament was Elijah, the prophet of Israel, in the 
time of king Ahab. He lived and labored in a time 
of great apostasy. He had very intimate communion 
with God and was very diligent and determined in 
his efforts to destroy idolatry. But, as he neared the 
end of his career, he became much discouraged and 
despondent, because of the fruitlessness and hope- 
lessness of his endeavors. He gave up in despair and 
wished to die. In this direful mood he fled to Mt. 
Horeb and secluded himself in a cave. 

Then occurred a very interesting incident. God ap- 
peared to him and said, "What doest thou here Eli- 
jah?" Promptly he replied, "I have been very jeal- 
ous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of 
Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thy 
altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword, and I, 
even I only, am left, and they seek my life to take it 
away." "Go forth," said God, "and stand upon the 
mount before the Lord." Obedient, as always, Elijah 
did so, and God passed by. Then appeared a won- 
derful and peculiar demonstration of the might of 
wind, of earthquake, and of fire, but the presence of 
God was strangely absent through the demonstra- 
tion. Then in the calm that followed, Elijah heard 
"a still small voice," in which he recognized the un- 
mistakable presence of God. 

Doubtless many times before he had heard the 
same voice and recognized the same blessed presence 
of God. Perhaps it was the same voice with which 
God had communed with Adam and Eve, with Enoch 
while they walked together and with other of the 
patriarchs and prophets. 

Evidently it was now clear to the troubled proph- 
et that it was not God's will that forceful methods be 
employed against the workers of iniquity at that 
time. In humiliation Elijah covered his face with his 
mantle and returns to the entrance of the cave. God 



speaks again to him and says, "What doest thou here, 
Elijah?" Again, perhaps to justify himself, Elijah 
replies, "I have been very jealous for the Lord God 
of hosts ; because the children of Israel have forsaken 
thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain 
thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, 
am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." 
Then God reminds him there is still work for him to 
do and assures him that he is not the only one left 
to serve Him, and sends Him back to his task. 



What was the "still small voice" that Elijah 
heard? Was it articulate and audible? That cannot 
be determined, but it was definitely and clearly a 
voice, and in some manner manifested the presence 
of God. To the righteous and God-conscious soul of 
Elijah it was distinct, clear and forceful, although 
it was still and small. With his physical ears Elijah 
had heard the roaring of the mighty wind, the crash- 
ing of the rocks loosened by the earthquake and the 
thunder claps of the lightning; but it was with his 
sensitive spirit, attuned with the Spirit of God, that 
he heard the awe-inspiring, heart-searching, emo- 
tion-stirring "still small voice." 

What the voice said we have not been told, but 
whatever it was, it deeply moved the heart of the 
prophet and prepared him for the commission that 
God was about to give him. It subdued his ambition 
to forcefully desti'oy the adversaries of righteous- 
ness and compel obedience and loyalty to God. It 
revealed that God would have His servants patiently 
and perseveringly pursue a course of quiet and 
faithful testimony and instruction. 

There are many voices that are inaudible and yet 
may be clearly understood, as, for instance, the voice 
of fashion, the voice of pleasure, the voice of money, 
and many others. The voice of nature tells of the 
wisdom, glory, power and beneficence of God. David 
said, "The heavens declare the glory of God and the 
firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day 
uttereth speech and night unto night showeth knowl- 
edge. There is no speech or language where their 
voice is not heard." And nature's voice is not always 
still or small. In the 29th Psalm we are told, "The 
voice of God is upon many waters," perhaps as in 
the boisterous waves of the ocean or in the water- 
falls. Again, "The Lord of glory thundereth:" "the 
voice of the Lord is powerful;" "the voice of the 
Lord divideth the flames," as perhaps in the light- 
ning. Nature speaks with many voices, but evidently 



February 26, 1944 



the "still small voice" that Elijah heard was not the 
voice of nature. 

Some think that the "still small voice" that Elijah 
heard on Mt. Horeb was the voice of his conscience. 
I am inclined to think that it was more than mere 
conscience. Everyone has a conscience, and God 
speaks to people through their consciences. Natur- 
ally the conscience is very sensitive and susceptible 
to the Spirit of God. But conscience is not always 
safe or reliable. Much depends upon how it has been 
trained by its use or abuse. What seems wrong in 
childhood may seem right in later life, or vice versa. 
Often what one considers wrong another considers to 
be right. By continual failure to heed the prompting 
of conscience, one may harden his conscience until 
it has lost its susceptibility to the Spirit of God. 
Unsaved people may be prompted and directed by 
conscience, if they have not hardened it too much. 

However, those who have been born again through 
faith in Christ, have a more reliable guide than con- 
science. To them is promised the indwelling and 
abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, the third per- 
son of the Holy Trinity. "If ye love me, keep my 
commandments," said Jesus, "and I will pray the 
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, 
that he may abide with you for ever ; even the Spirit 
of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it 
seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know 
him; for he dwelleth in you and shall be in you." 
(John 14:15-17). 

This and other kindred texts clearly show that the 
indwelling, abiding presence of the Holy Spirit be- 
longs exclusively to regenerated believers in Christ. 



He is a safer guide, although He may even operate 
through the conscience. He is "the Spirit of truth," 
and will "guide into all truth." (John 16:13). He di- 
rects the believer in the correct interpretation and 
the proper understanding and application of the 
Scriptures. He gives wisdom to make right decisions. 
He gives comfort to the sorrowing and peace to the 
troubled. He is a constant helper under all circum- 
stances. The ancients may not have had the same 
fullness and constant abidmg of the Holy Spirit, but 
surely the same Spirit wrought in them and with 
them, at least upon occasion. We read again and 
again that the Spirit "came upon" certain ones. 
Therefore, to my mind, the "still small voice" that 
Elijah heard was that of the Holy Spirit, or God 
Himself, with whom he had been always so inti- 
mate. With the same gentle voice the Spirit speaks 
to us today, reproving, directing or comforting as 
occasion may require. 

There is a possibility that one may, by disobedi- 
ence, neglect, indifference, unbecoming conduct or 
otherwise, "grieve the Holy Spirit." (Eph. 4:3). 
Thus one may lose the leading of the Holy Spirit. 
In like manner one may "quench the Holy Spirit" 
(1 Thes. 5:19) by evil thoughts, fits of temper, friv- 
olity, carnal habits, etc. The Holy Spirit is very sen- 
sitive and we need to be very careful regarding our 
attitude toward Him. One's carefulness and watch- 
fulness will be amply rewarded. With the most thor- 
ough consecration let us cherish this blessed and 
holy relationship that we may be filled with peace 
and joy and power for service. 

— Huntington, Indiana. 



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J\[otice to Pastors and Theological Students 



By Vean VKl. A. Stuc\ey 



I am asking the editor of the Brethren Evangelist 
to publish for our readers the new releases from the 
Selective Service authorities at Washington, D. C. 
They are two in number and follow the statement 
which was published last summer in the Brethr-^n 



Evangelist, said statement being Occupational Bul- 
letin, No. 11. 

The statements are self-explanatory. They will an- 
swer many questions which pastors everywhere are 
asking now about the deferment of theological stu- 
dents. Note these rulings carefully. Brethren, and 
then file them away for use at some future date. 



A STATEMENT OF POLICY REGARDING THE- 
OLOGICAL STUDENTS FROM SELECTIVE 
SERVICE 

In the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, 



training and service of students who are preparing 
for the ministiy in theological or divinity schools 
which schools have been recognized as such for more 
than one year prior to September 15, 1940. This is 
a congressional recognition, on the one hand, of the 



as amended, provision is made for exemption from impoi'tance to the national welfai-e of ministers of 



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religion and students who are preparing for the 
ministry. It probably is a recognition, on the other 
hand, of an existing or anticipated shortage during 
time of war of persons trained in or training for the 
ministry. Under either or both considerations it 
should become the war-time responsibility of theo- 
logical and divinity schools to train men for the min- 
istry as thoroughly and as rapidly as possible. Stu- 
dents preparing for the ministry should not expect 
to enjoy an exemption from training and service and, 
at the same time, to devote no more time and effort 
to their training than they would in peace-time. The- 
ological and divinity schools should accelerate their 
courses and place their training on the same twelve- 
month year-round basis as is necessary in other fields 
of education during this critical period in our na- 
tional histoiy. 

We are not prepared to say, as a matter of policy, 
that a student who was preparing for the ministry 
and was classified in Class IV-D should lose that 
classification by reason of an extended summer vaca- 
tion period, but it is the policy of this headquarters 
that if a local board or board of appeals determines 
that such a registrant, during his summer vacation, 
has ceased to be a "student preparing for ministry" 
and reclassifies such student as available for militaiy 
service, this headquarters will not normally look 
with any favor upon a request for administrative 
action to have the case of such registrant reconsid- 
ered or reviewed. 



AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF THEOLOGICAL 
SCHOOLS 

National Offioe 
Suite 105, 744 Jackson Place, N. W. 

Washington 6, D. C. 

January 25, 1944 

To the Presidents/Deans of Theological Schools: 

The Selective Service System has issued an AC- 
TIVITY AND OCCUPATION BULLETIN NO. 33-6, 
dealing with the subject of EDUCATIONAL SER- 
VICES—STUDENT DEFERMENT effective Feb- 
ruary 15, 1944. For your information I have been 
directed by the officers of this Association to sum- 
marize this Bulletin as it pertains to pre-th-eological 
students. 

1. Quotas have been determined for the deferment 
of undergraduate pre-professional students. The 
quota for pre-theological students is "50 percent of 
the total number of students in schools of .... the- 
ology in the years 1938-1939 and 1939-1940." 

2. A student in the pre-theological field should be 
considered for occupational deferment if he is a full- 
time student in good standing in a recognized col- 
lege or university, and if it is certified: 



(a) By the institution that he is pursuing a course of study 
in one of the pre-professional fields and if he continues his 
progress he will complete such pre-professional course of ' 
study within 24 months from the date of certification; 

(b) By a recognized theological school that he is accepted ^ 
for admission and will be admitted to undertake professional ; 
studies upon completion of his pre-professional work; and | 

(c) By the National Roster of Scientific and Specialized * 
Personnel of the War Manpower Commission that the cer- 
tification of the institution as to his course of study and 
competence, and as to his prospective date of completion is ( 
correct to the best of its knowledge and belief, and that his i 
deferment, if granted, will be within the quota for such pre- i 
professional students. 

3. The National Roster of Scientific and Special-- 
ized Personnel of the War Manpower Commission i 
will certify to requests for occupational deferment of 
students as follows: 

Request for occupational deferment of a registrant in pre- 
theology will be prepared by the institution in which the ■ 
registrant is a student and will be forwarded to the National I 
Roster. The National Roster will, if such is the case, certify 
on the request that the statements of the institution as to 
the course of study and competence and prospective date of ' 
completion of the registrant are correct to the best of its • 
knowledge and belief and that the registrant's deferment, 
if granted, will not exceed the quota established for such ■ 
students. 

If the National Roster cannot truthfully make such certifi- j 
cation, it will not certify to the request. The National Roster' 
will return the request for occupational deferment of such ■ 
student, whether certified to or not, to the institution which i 
prepared the request. ' 

4. Requests for student deferment. The institution 
in which the registrant is a student will file requests 
for the occupational deferment of such student with 
the local board as follows : 

(a) For a student who has reached his eighteenth birth- 
day but has not reached his twenty-second birthday, in du- 
plicate on DSS Form 42 Special; and 

(b) For a student who is 22 years of age or older on DSS 
Form 42. 

I am pleased to report to you that the National 
Roster has asked your secretary to serve as advisor 
in matters dealing with theological schools and pre- 
theological students. It will be a pleasure to renderi 
this service in the interests of the ministry and of 1 
the national welfare. 

If, at any time, information is available which i 
ought to be transmitted to the theological schools,, 
this office will endeavor to get it to you promptly. 

Sincerely yours, 

Gould Wickey. 



"Sad is the day for any man when he becomes satisfied with 
the life that he is living, the thoughts he is thinking and the ■ 
deeds that he is doing; when there ceases to be forever beat- 
ing at the doors of his soul a desire to do something largerr 
which he feels and knows he was meant and intended to do." 
— Phillips Brooks. 



February 26, 1944 




EDITORIAL 
COMMENT 



A Brethren Home 

for Brethren 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 

One of the finest of institutions and benificences of our 
Brethren People is the Brethren Home at Flora, Indiana. 
By sacrificial giving' and consecrated purpose, far-seeing, 
worthy members of other days started the movement that 
developed this very valuable and necessary institution. As 
such too, it was dedicated and for that purpose other gen- 
erous Brethren for more than a quarter of a century have 
maintained it as such. Only in the last few years has it be- 
come so attractive and its utility and service a thing to be 
desired. It is somewhat tragic that those who initiated it 
did not live to see a better appreciation of their beatific vision. 

I presume that it is superfluous to try to explain why 
every room is not sought for months ahead. It is plainly 
evident that many Brethren from Coast-to-Coact have passed 
to their reward who might have had the burdens of life 
much farther removed had they embraced the privileges 
and benefits of this help proffered by these sainted bene- 
factors whose holy purpose was to thus meet the approval 
of Him who said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one 
of the lease of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 
Why anyone eligible to its repose and religious atmosphere; 
to the kind ministrations of those who have accepted the 
responsibility of their care and attention and to enjoy the 
fellowship of those of "like precious faith," have not come 
here or do not come here, must ever remain a puzzle to such 
of us as have been here, have seen and know. 

Now that it is free from all encumbrances, it becomes the 
duty of those who own it (we Brethren of today) to show 
our appreciation of it by making it more and more attractive 
and livable for our Brethren and maybe, for ourselves; for 
who knows who ■nill own a home of a competence when we 
are through with the present wizardy financing far beyond 
valuation ? 

A list of suggestions to organizations that wish to accept 
worthy projects or to such as would be sure of a "well done" 
at the end of the journey, let me enumerate some things 
that are needed properly to reflect our own concern to future 
generations, not as well maybe, as the original benefactors, 
but at least show it. 

The Home can now begin to be more self-sustaining and 
will be with proper management. It would jolt and astonish 
the heart of any puerile, opinionated brother to come here 
and see these 38 acres of land out-of-doors decorated with 
a building like a hotel with many rooms, several bath rooms, 
an expansive lobby with an organ and a piano, a nurse's room 
with hospital room adjacent, spacious halls, spotless kitchen, 
a voluminous basement with its great hot-water furnace fed 
by an electrically controlled stoker to insure even heat and 
economy on coal; to see the fi.ne laundry and on to the edi- 
bles room where the most crass or fastidious connoisseur of 



foods might be swerved from the path of temperance as he 
beholds the hundreds of cans and containers filled with the 
delectable and appetizing products of field, garden and barns, 
processed to fine perfection by these culinary artists of the 
kitchen — servants of our Brotherhood. 

Or, go out in the bams and pens one of them quite new 

and the other modernized with cement floor to be one of the 
finest pig-pens I have seen in six months of evangelizing 
among the farmers of this prosperous region. See the 
"blooded" stock, the tractor, the plows and harrows, garden 
utensils; the hay in the mow, the corn in the crib, the chick- 
ens and the eggs. Then, thank God or prove yourself an un- 
converted Judas, faced with all the evidence thus husbanded 
for loquacious misanthropes who observe and scoff, or as 
others too taciturn to talk or still others too phlegmatic to 
care or enthuse the good and the commendable anywhere. 

First of all, much redecorating is needed on most of the 
walls in up-stairs rooms where the present members live 
most of their day. Now they are in very poor condition. A 
better form of decorating should be applied so that portions 
of rooms next to the outside will not "peel" as they now 
do, spoiling the entire room. Most of the up-stairs needs all 
that and the cost of at least one room is already pledged by 
one of the occupants. All that she now needs is the workman; 
and some brother might earn his investigation trip here by 
donating that service. 

Then too, the grounds can be beautified greatly and some 
landscaper who must be In the Brotherhood somewhere, who 
could take the dimensions and the picture of what is now 
here and provide that. I'd be glad to furnish details. In time, 
cottages can and will be built for couples who can both enjoy 
their small competence and eat at the "Brethren Table" and 
when done with it, leave it as their contribution to the Insti- 
tution. But these should not be placed haphazardly; it needs 
landscaping. 

An elevator should be installed. The life of some member 
now here might be saved by such an arrangement. It is not 
easy for aged people, crippled with creaky joints or palpi- 
tating hearts, to make the long climb and one could not now 
be admitted who could not walk or climb stairs on this ac- 
account. The buildings must be kept painted to keep pace 
with this rich community where such things are common- 
place. 

In no case imaginable can this become a hospital. The 
original money was not thus willed and the state watches 
closely what is done with such appropriations and rightly. 
The rule of entrance made by the Trustees in 1925, still 
hanging on the wall, signed by the late lamented Orion E. 
Bowman, says, "Applications shall be accompanied by a med- 
ical certificate showing that said applicant is free from malig- 
nant, infectious or contagious disease, and be of a sound 
mind." Our small group is far from being able to maintain 
a hospital with nurses and doctors. Members who wait till 
misfortune or serious disease overtakes them should not 
expect to have done for them what only is expected of a 
hospital, or share the benefits they have spurned. It would 
seem to be the better part of valor and wisdom to be here 
ahead and to use waning strength to help to improve and 
beautify the place so as to become worthy of the attention 
the later years demand for most of us. Most people die by 
inches; not in a moment. The most daring are under twenty- 
five; the sport no longer wins after thirty; all begin to 
wrinkle (wilt) at fifty or less. All should be aware of dire 
necessity before it arrives. Many will need help of which they 
cannot be aware. We need this Home. 

And it is ours. All ours. Paid for and free. Ours for those 
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The Brethren Evangelist 




George F. Kem Passes 
to His Rew^ard 







hearts go out in sincere sympathy to all the members of 






Brother Keni's family in this time of their bereavement. May 






God comfort them and sustain them, is our prayer. 






A copy of this expression of appreciation and sympathy 






will be given to the widow and family, as well as to the 






church to be spread upon the minutes of the church. 






Committee: G. W. Brumbaugh 




Rev. Vernon D. Grisso 




W. Ray Yount 




Approved by: 




Deacon Board — F. W. Kccard, Chairman 


Official Board— W. Ray Yount, Vice Moderator 


Board of Trustees — M. J. Beeghly, Chairman 


Sunday School — F. W. Eccard, Superintendent 






February 2, 1944. 



Whereas it has pleased our Heavenly Father to call from 
our midst our beloved brother, George F. Kem, in behalf of 
the Dayton Brethren Church we feel that it is fitting and 
proper to have an expression of the esteem and high regard 
in which he has been held by the members of our congrega- 
tion and the community in which he lived and worked. 

He served this church in many capacities including that 
of Deacon and Trustee. In the Sunday School he was a teacher 
in the Adult Department for many years. Recently as a 
teacher of the Pathfinders Bible Class, his leadership at- 
tracted a wide interest and an ever increasing following. 
His careful preparation and research always added great 
interest to his teaching. 

The congregation has recognized the great contribution our 
Brother has made to our denomination nationally by serving 
during his life time as a leader of ability in various capaci- 
ties, recently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees 
at Ashland College and a member of the Missionary Board 
of The Brethren Church. 

His efforts and influence have been untiring in the work 
of this our church. He was a consecrated and zealous worker 
and had a deep interest in all of its activities, no service 
being too menial in behalf of the work of the kingdom. He 
was outstanding in his church work and gave freely of his 
means and time for the growth and development of it and 
the welfare for Christ's cause in the community. His Christian 
life and service were evident at all times in his work as an 
able attorney. He will be missed by the members of his pro- 
fession. He was charitable and forgiving, exemplifying a 
brotherly love for his fellow men at all times in accordance 
\vith the ideals taught by our Savior. 

We deeply deplore his death which has caused a great loss 
to the work of the kingdom in our Church and Community 
and we humbly bow in reverence to God "Who doeth all 
things well." Our loss is Heaven's gain. May we humbly sub- 
mit to the will of our Heavenly Father and put our entire 
trust in Christ our Savior as our great ideal in all the work 
of the Kingdom of God in our church and community. Our 



A TRIBUTE— BY HIS PASTOR 

Having for many years heard of the personal accomplish- 
ments of our esteemed Brother George F. Kem, we were 
privileged the past three years to have a close personal ac- 
quaintance with him — this as the result of a call to the pas- 
torate of the Dayton Brethren Church. The rich lessons of 
life we have learned since from this brother layman will 
never be entirely told. Though his abode here is ended, his 
multiple experiences will go on teaching and influencing our 
life for years to come. 

Obituaries and resolutions pay their respect and tributes, 
but they can ne'er tell the story of inspiration that I wish 
I could reveal that I have received from this man. From my 
first call to the work in Dayton, his was a vision of tomor- 
row with hopes and plans for realization. 

In the summer of 1942, Brother Kem's health even then 
failing, before prayer meeting one summer evening, he stood 
upon the site of our present church, and turning to his pas- 
tor, said, "My prayer is that the Lord will allow me to tarry 
long enough to see this good people safely housed in this 
church building we are starting to build — then, I am ready to 
go." 

No pastor has or ever could ask for a more faithful mem- 
ber to all tasks of the church. He attended every meeting, 
mid-week and Sunday, without fail. Business could wait, 
"First things always were first." No layman's voice was 
heard more often in prayer meeting, pleading with the Lord 
for guidance and strength for our church. 

His spirit was invaluable in planning the church's pro- 
gram for Christ. He was optimistic; he had great "visions" 
for tomorrow and confident hope and trust for today. This 
was my greatest lesson from Brother Kem — to grasp a true 
vision, to seek a vision from the Lord and then set out to 
realize the fulness of that vision. He was like a prophet of 
old; he was like prophets of today; he was a true patriot; he 
was a Christian crusader — always new visions of aspiration; 
always a prayer for their reality. 

The tower that stands over our church is a concrete exam- 
ple of his great foresight, it is a monument to his demo- 



February 26, 1944 



cratic spirit. Brother Kem was an ardent student of history. 
The tower is a pattern of that on the Patrick Henry church 
in Virginia. It was our brother's inspiration and suggestion 
that this tower be patterned thus that we might carry out 
the noble spirit and words of that statesman, "Give me lib- 
erty or give me death." Many times did this spirit grip us 
and strengthen us in past trials in our church as our brother 
would repeat and renew their meaning. 

Brother Kem was a faithful student of his Bible. He was 
an inspiring Sunday School teacher. His favorite Bible char- 
acter was Moses. He picked Moses because of his great faith 
in leading a people through such dark days. Moses had the 
true sense of "Vision." 

I will miss his counsel. The church, both local and at large 
will miss his leadership. His active life knew few vacations 
of mind or body. His last prayers were for life's call to come 
quickly ^\^th retirement only at the call of his Master. Ho 
often repeated, "I must wear out, not rust out." 

His was a life of full service and trust in God. His was a 
life of Faith against the greatest obstacles. His was a race 
well run. 

Beloved Brother, the Lord's benefits have not been neg- 
lected. Rest in peace. Peace that this life knoweth not, peace 
for which all men yearn and find only through an earnest 
confession of their Lord, through faith and trust in Almighty 
God. His rewards are yours. 



OBITUARY 

George F. Kem, March 1, 1880— January 29. 1944 

George Frederick Kem was born on a farm in Twin Town- 
ship, Preble County, on March 1, 1880, a son of the late Fred- 
erick W. and Sophia Eichofi' Kem. He died suddenly of a 
coronary heart attack at about 7:30 P. M., January 29, 1044. 
at the age of 63 years, 11 months, at his residence, 1727 
Harvard Blvd. He married Edith Rebecca Hendrix on April 
18, 1903. To this marriage was born three children: a son 
Myron, a daughter Alberta Bartholomew, and a daughter 
Nora Louise, deceased. 

He was educated in Perry Township district schools and 
graduated from Perry Township High School. He was self 
educated, having worked his way through his college educa- 
tion. 

He started a teaching career in Perry To\\Tiship district 
schools at the age of nineteen and attended college each 
summer. He attended the Ohio University, Athens, Ohio; 
Lebanon College at Lebanon, Ohio, and Miami University 
at Oxford, Ohio. He received his LL.B. degree from LaSalle 
Extension University in 1922. 

His teaching career included appointments at Air Hill and 
I Amity. Thereafter he served as principal of Pyrmont Schools 
, and Superintendent of Madison Towmship Schools, Trotwood, 
' Ohio. 

He resigned his teaching career to start a banking career 
in 1912 when he orgamzed the West Dayton Commercial and 
Savings Bank. His inspiration to become a banker was gained 
from his admiration of Myron T. Herrick. His respect for 
I Myron Herrick was so outstanding that he named his first 
child for him. When the West Dayton Commercial and Sav- 
ings Bank was merged with the City National Trust and 
Savings Bank he became Vice President of this institution. 
Upon the merger of the City National Trust and Savings 
Bank \vith the Union Trust Company he was named Vice 
President in charge of the trust department and at the time 
of the liquidation of the latter bank he became affiliated 
with the Trust Department of the Winters National Bank. 



He resigned his banking career in the spring of 1934 at 
the age of fifty-three years to take up the practice of law, 
which career he followed successfully until the time of his 
death. 

He was energetic and did not want to retire, always hoping 
he would not linger on this earth after his career as teacher, 
banker and lawyer was completed. This desire was fulfilled 
because Mr. Kem spent a full day at his office on the day 
of his death. 

He was one of the organizers of the Lincoln Federal Sav- 
ings and Loan Association, of which he was a director at 
the time of his death. 

He was active in educational and civic work in this com- 
munity. While pursuing his career he was a teacher of bank- 
ing and finance at the Y. M. C. A. College. He was a former 
trustee of the Y. M. C. A. and a member of the educational 
committee of this institution. He was a former member of 
the Board of Education of Dayton, Ohio. He has served his 
community in many other capacities as an advisor and a 
committeeman. 

Fraternally he was a thirty-second degree Mason, a mem- 
ber of the Horace Irwin Lodge, and the Scottish Rite. At the 
time of his death he was a member of the Exchange Club 
of Dayton. 

He was a Christian, a business man, a lawyer and a teacher. 
He was a member of the Brethren Church, with v;hich he be- 
came affiliated in the spring of 1912 and had been continu- 
ously a member of this institution for thirty-two years. He 
served this church as trustee, deacon and teacher of the 
Adult Class for many years and was holding these positions 
at the time of his death. He was chairman of the Finance 
Committee which raised the funds with which to build the 
present structure located at North Main and Hillcrest Ave- 
nue. He assumed this responsibility after it was knowii he 
was afflicted with a heart condition that required him to 
take life easier. This church building stands as a tribute to 
his leadership in organizing ability. He was well known in 
the community as a leader in his church, and actively par- 
ticipated in the work of the Dayton Council of Churches and 
he was a trustee of the City Rescue Mission at the time of 
his death. He was serving as a member of the National Mis- 
sion Board of the Brethren Church and as a Trustee of Ash- 
land College, Ashland, Ohio, a subsidiary trust of the Breth- 
ren Church at the time of his death. 

Along with his regular professions he served many per- 
sons in an advisory capacity, particularly his former students. 
He was tolerant, understanding, charitable, a faithful com- 
panion and above all a real father to his children. 

Surviving are his wife, Edith; his son Myron; and his 
daughter Alberta Bartholomew; three grandchildren, Myron 
Richard Kem, ICenneth Kem Bartholomew and Rebecca Lee 
Bartholomew; three brothers, Charles and Lewis of Brook- 
ville and Oliver of Columbus, Montana, and a sister Mrs. 
Alva Anderson also of Columbus, Montana, and many nieces 
and nephews. 

In addition to the tributes and recognition stated above, 
additional recognition and tributes were read from the Di- 
rectors of the Lincoln Federal Savings and Loan Association 
of Dayton, and from the Dayton Bar Association, during the 
funeral services. Ashland College and Seminary were repre- 
sented in the person of their President, Dr. E. Glen Mason. 
The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church was repre- 
sented by their Secretary, J. Ray Klingensmith, who brought 
a message of consolation to the family and host of friends. 
The services were in charge of the pastor of the Dayton 
Church, Rev. Vernon D. Grisso. Burial services were held 



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in the beautiful IHemorial Abby, Memorial Park Cemetery, 
Dayton, Ohio. 



The family wishes to express an acknowledgment of appre- 
ciation and thanks for the many expressions of sympathy 
bestowed upon them by the many telegrams, cards and flow- 
ers sent to them by friends in our denomination throughout 
the country. 

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A BRETHREN HOME FOR BRETHREN 

(Continued from page 7) 

who are fortunate or unfortunate, rich or poor, old or young. 
Maybe I am not authorized thus to speak, but it is from 
the heart and I believe that I am not misrepresenting nor 
misinformed. Ours to prize and to perpetuate; ours to beau- 
tify and expand; ours further to enlarge and endow to the 
good of our Cause. Ours for the benefit and security of our 
workers in the missionary and ministerial fields, setting them 
free to finish their work for the Lord without stint or hin- 
drance, knowing that this refuge awaits the toiler, freeing 
him from the cares and exigencies of age and decrepancy, 
and other limitations: concomitant of the dangers their work 
entails. 

This is our Brethren Home. Let us keep it that. Pray for 
it; endow it; maintain it; prove ourselves worthy of the ben- 
efactors who made it possible. I praise God we had such 
Brethren forbears. 

Carey, Ohio. 



The Children's 
Story 



By 

Mrs. Lorettd Carrithers 

Superintendent 




Dear Children: 

Today, we have a little story about a pony engine, and I 
wish you would get your Bible and turn to Philippians 4:13 
and read these words, "I can do all things through Christ, 
which strengtheneth me." If you can not find these words 
in your Bible, perhaps your mother would be glad to help you. 

Once upon a time a little freight car loaded with coal stood 
on the track in a coal yard. 

The little freight car waited for an engine to pull it up 
the hill and down the hill on the other side. 

Over the hill in the valley, people needed the coal on the 
little freight car to keep them warm. 

By and by a great big engine came along, the smoke stack 
puffing smoke and the bell ringing, "Ding! Ding! Ding!" 

"Oh, stop! Please stop, big engine!" said the little freight 
car. "Pull me up the hill and over the hill and down the hill, 
to the people in the valley on the other side." 

But the big engine said, "I can't, I'm too busy." And away 
it went — Choo! Choo! Choo! Choo! 



The little freight car waited a long time till a smaller en- 
gine came by. 

"Oh, stop! dear engine, please stop!' said the little freight 
car. But the engine puffed a big puff and said, "I can't, 
you're too heavy." Then it went, too . . . Choo! Choo! Choo!" 

"Oh, dear" said the little freight ear, "what shall I do? 
The people in the valley on the other side will be so cold 
without coal." 

After a long time a little pony engine came along, puffing 
just as hard as a little engine could. 

"Oh, stop dear engine, please stop and take me up the 
hill and over the hill and down the hill to the people on the 
other side," said the patient little freight car. 

The pony engine stopped right away and said, "You're very 
heavy and I'm not very big, but I think I can. I'll try. Hitch 
on!" 

All the way up the hill the pony engine kept saying, "I 
think I can, I think I can, I think I can!" quite fast at first. 

Then the hill was steeper and the pony engine had to pull 
harder and go slower but all the time it kept saying: "I 
think I can! I think I can!" till it reached the very top with 
a long puff — "Sh-s-s-s-s-s-!" 

It was easy to go down the hill on the other side. 

Away went the happy little engine, saying very fast, "I 
thought I could! I thought I could! I thought I could." 

Don't forget the lesson, boys and girls. Think you can. 
Never think you can not. You may play each day with many 
children who have not learned the lesson to "think they can." 
But you are Brethren boys and girls, and Brethren boys and 
girls are taught to feel the very strength of God's help 
through Christ. "I can do all things through Christ, which 
strengtheneth me." Depend on God's help and think you can. 
"I can." "Through Christ." God will honor that faith and 
confidence. By being strong Brethren boys and girls, you 
will be able to help the little freight car. May the Lord bless 
you, each and every one, and give you strength in Him. 

Please don't forget to write to me, boys and girls. I will 
not know whether you are receiving my letters or not if you 
do not write to me and let me know. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



Ashland College News Letter 



By Arthur Petit 



The second semester is now well under way, and the stu- 
dents are looking forward to the events of spring. 

Miss Vivian Burkhart of Johnstown, Pa., was recently 
elected May Queen. Miss Burkhart is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. H. Wade Burkhart, R. F. D., Mineral Point. She is 
looking forward to a career of writing. 

President Mason, Dean Bixler, Dean Bollinger, and Dr. 
Stunz attended a meeting of educators in Cleveland last week 
at which post-war planning was the principal consideration. 
Another session of the same group is scheduled for March 17. 

The Basketball season is drawing to a close and the var- 
sity has won four games this year. Among those playing are: 
Fels Lam of McGaheysville, Va.; Bob Stoner of Waynesboro, 
Pa.; Joe Brubaker of New Lebanon, Ohio; Maynard Mills of 
Mansfield, Ohio; and Tom Shannon of Hamlin, Kansas. All 
except Stoner are pre-seminary students. 



February 26, 1944 



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The college is sponsoring a series of appearances of na- 
tionally known individuals on the campus this spring. The 
first will be March 10, when Sari Biro, internationally ac- 
claimed pianist, will appear in the chapel. While this series 
will be primarily for students and faculty, a limited number 
of tickets will be available to the general public. 

The week immediately foUovring Easter, the Seminary is 
planning a Ministerial Institute on the campus. At this time, 
great ministers who are nationally known will conduct dis- 
cussions of interest to all ministers and laymen. 

Rev. J. G. Dodds, pastor of the Smithville Church, has 
just completed a series of lectures on Great Christian Leaders 
for the benefit of seminary and pre-seminary students. Pre- 
viously Rev. John Locke and Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith each 
conducted such a series on other sulijects. 

Dr. W. D. Furry, professor of Philosophy, recently ad- 
dressed the Ashland College Faculty on the subject of "The 
Place of the Liberal Arts College in the Post War World." 

The presidents of the student organizations on the campus 
received the faculty and student body formally recently. 
Miss Mary Cree Riddle of Louisville, Ohio, and Miss Joan 
Eccard of Dayton, Ohio, were in charge of arrangements 
for the affair. 

The college is sponsoring a series of Forum programs in 
chapel. Recently Judge H. E. Culbertson, Common Pleas 
judge of Ashland County, had charge of a panel discussion 
on Juvenile Delinquency. 




News From Our 
Churches 



ASHLAND CHURCH NEWS 

With the beginning of the year 1944 the Ashland Church 
has launched out into a few worthwhile goals. The first of 
these was a plan whereby each member of the Church could 
read at least one chapter of the Bible a day. Over 200 Bible 
Reading Records were given to the members and many of 
the friends of the Church on which a record could be kept 
of the chapters read. Universal Bible Sunday was observed 
in December when the plan was announced. Tlie Theme of 
the sermon was: "The Enduring Word." In order to encour- 
age the reading of the Bible a series of sermons is being 
delivered each Sunday evening to prove the inspiration of 
th Bible. At the Morning Worship hour a series of sermons 
on the Epistle to the Philippians on the General Theme: "The 
Mind of Christ" is in progress. Appropriate tracts on the 
Bible are being distributed during the months of January 
and February. Already this idea of giving the Bible its proper 
place in the Church is proving a great blessing. Mr. Harry 
Dotson, one of our Red Cross workers, read the Bible through 
on his way to Egypt. Mrs. Gilbert Dodds read it through 
in a month. Others are trying to read it through during the 
year. 

A Year Book, showing the activities of the Church, has 
been printed and a copy given to each family of the Church. 
This Year Book of 32 pages includes a Calendar of Services, 
the Officiary of the Church and Auxiliary Organizations with 
financial reports of each, a Membership Roll with addresses, 
and the Constitution and By-Laws of the Church. The book- 



let reveals that there was a balance in all Treasuries at the 
end of the year of $1,100.00. The total receipts amounted to 
nearly $11,000. 

So far we have gone considerably over the top in our 
Thanksgiving, White Gift and Publishing Company Off'erings. 
At this writing we have promise of a good offering for 
Benevolences. 

Beginning the first Wednesday evening of February the 
Sunday School, the Woman's Missionary Society and the 
Church have combined in giving a series of studies on Great 
Doctrines of the Bible. February has been called "Denomi- 
national Month" and the four studies dealt with our peculiar 
doctrines. The Classes were taught by Dean Stuckey, Dr. 
Lindower and Dr. Furry. The other six will deal with the 
General Doctrines of the Bible and will be taught by the 
Pastor and others selected by him. The attendance so far 
has justified the wisdom of the undertaking, for we have 
averaged 58 at the first three studies. An examination look- 
ing toward receiving credit on the first unit of a Teacher 
Training Course will be offered to those desiring to take 
same. 

The Brethren Evangelist has been placed on the budget 
again and there will be a slight increase over last year. The 
total will be around 135. 

We are now making plans to entertain a group of Brethren 
preachers over the brotherhood to a Pastor's Convention. The 
working out of this program is under the supervision of the 
Seminary of the College. 

We hope to report the activities of the Church every two 
months of the year, thus giving news of the Church while 
it is yet fresh. We hope this will be followed by many other 
Churches. Various members of the Church will be asked to 
make these reports. 

L. V. King, pastor. 

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TRAVEL FLASHES 
Tiosa, Indiana 

Another meeting is history. To Tiosa we came, from Tiosa 
we have departed. If the Indian legend be true that there 
they tied up Osa an Indian maiden for her strange actions, 
it has significance in what I am about to write. We long 
had wished "some fruit" from that Brethren Church but had 
been "bypassed' somehow. Many of these smaller churches 
have gotten the idea that I will not come to them or that 
they cannot afford to have me. Tiosa proved it all to be a 
canard or something of that sort. I have now, in the main, 
been among the smaller churches for more than two years 
and Tiosa tops them all in the size of the offering that came 
the most silently, with our "climax" service on the coldest 
day of the winter and our audience halved on that account. 

On the first night of my Denver meeting a committee of 
fine-looking Brethren from Tiosa had come to see me and 
invite me to the village and its only church — the Brethren 
Church. I was glad to accept their invitation since it helped 
to keep me busy "In the work of the Lord." This it did since 
it was another of those churches with an absent pastor, dou- 
bling my work, with Prof. 0. C. Lemert, the pastor, living 
30 miles away and busy, impressed into the school work al- 
most against his will. Here he has had one of those unusual 
pastorates stretching, as I remember, into his fourteenth 
year. Withal, he came to one of our meetings when we, only 
three miles away were "drifted in," the roads to the town 
being unopened, thus tying us out of Tiosa while he, on 
main route 31, of course was not hindered. We had fine fel- 
lowship with him and his teacher-wife over the week ends. 
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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff; Topic Editor 

"Toploi Doprrlshted by the Intematioiial Society of Chrljtlui E^ideftTor. 
Used by permiaBlon," 



Topic for March 5, 1944 

"LET'S PROVE OUR NEIGHBORLINESS" 

Scripture: Luke 10:25-37 

For Tlie Leader 

For the past several weeks we have been studying about 
the different races of people who are prominent in our social 
relations today. It is too easy for us to take the attitude of 
letting them work out their own problems, leaving us to go 
along as we are. But this is not the Christian attitude, as 
Christ portrays in our scripture for tonight. If these neigh- 
bors of ours are in need of help, we as Christians are honor 
bound to help them. 

It is up to us to prove our neighborliness in the year or 
years ahead. The best way we can do this is to endeavor to 
understand their problems. When we see what they are up 
against, we won't feel so distant from them. But this is en- 
deavoring to learn their problems also presents difficulties 
such as racial prejudices, suspicions, religious differences and 
self righteousness. Tonight we want to learn how to over- 
come these differences so that we can actually prove our 
neighborliness. The good Samaritan is our best example of 
what a real neighbor should be. 

DISCUSSION 

1. HOW GOOD A NEIGHBOR ARE WE? The best an- 
swer to this is found in the impressions which our next door 
neighbors receive from us. It is usually true that the way 
a person treats his next door neighbors shows his attitude 
towards the peoples of other nations. It shows his interest 
ill foreign missions, and welfare work among the unfortu- 
nates of the world. "What we are at home shows what we arc 
like away from home." 

We have seen some mighty good neighbors who have 
always lent a helping hand. On the other hand we have seen 
neighbors who do not even know we exist. Isn't that the way 
most of us are in our attitudes towards other peoples ? Some 
of us respond every time to calls for help, while others of 
us always turn a deaf ear to their causes. Let's show that 
we are good neighbors to those of other races through our 
prayers, our missionary offerings, our desire to see them 
won to Christ. 

2. NEIGHBORLINESS IS A COMMANDMENT. The priest 
and the Levite tonight missed up on their commandmentf, 
in passing by the poor Jew. They were Jews themselves, and 
in keeping the ten commandments they were law bound to 
help him. But their self-righteousness would not permit them 
to stoop so low. Jesus in His words to the lawyer, draws him 
out on this interpretation of the commandments. He breaks 
forth with the assertion that we must love our neighbor as 
ovir self. Wliich in itself is a rather hard thing to do some- 
times, we admit. Yet, in loving God, we are able to overcome 
little hurts, and feelings in such a way that loving our neigh- 
bors will be a pleasure. 

Aside from that, it is a commandment. If we are to in- 
herit eternal life we must have love and respect for our neigh- 
bors. Hating our neighbors brings a hardness of heart which 
causes us to shrivel up into a wrinkle worse than a walnut 
meat or a prune. We all know such unfortunate people. We 



young people, just approaching the prime of life must guard 
ourselves carefully so that we do not become hardened against 
people. The ointment of Christian forgiveness can well be 
used in these cases. Whether we want to or not, we must 
treat our neighbors as Christ would have us to do, for it is 
His commandment to so do. 

3. THREE ATTITUDES WE CAN TAKE. The scriptures 
tonight shows that our neighbors are of any race or language 
in addition to our own. Here was a Jew, robbed and beaten, 
left to die. Along comes his brother, a priest, a servant of 
the Lord dedicated to the ministry of the spiritual and physi- 
cally sick. He ignores his brother in the flesh. This is the 
first attitude. In view of the pressing problems of moral, 
spiritual and physical needs of other people, we can pass by 
on the other side. Then came a Levite, also his brother in the 
flesh. This brother looked on the poor fallen creature and 
also passed by. Can we imagine such hard heartedness to- 
day? Yet such is the second attitude of many people. They 
hear of people in need, look upon them, but pass them by. 
Such do turn deaf ears to missionary causes and church 
welfare work. 

The third attitude as taken by the Samaritan shows also 
the extent of our neighborliness. The Samaritan was of an- 
other race, hating the Jews, and hated by the Jews. Yes, we 
must love those who are hated by our nation. This "hated 
and despised" Samaritan took his enemy, the Jew, and clothed 
him and fed him. If we do not take the attitude of wanting 
to help those who are in need, regardless of race or color, 
then we must be either a "priest" or a "Levite" and we know 
what the Lord thought of them. 

4. HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS THE MOST. The best 
thing we can do to our neighbors who live next door or 
around the world, is to take the gospel to them. First, last, 
and always, the Christian gospel of eternal salvation must 
lead the way into the hearts and lives of men. Leave it out 
when you deal with a neighbor, and you have only sown the 
seeds of future hate and war. The good Samaritan gave his 
Jewish unfortunate a new lease on life. The Jew would 
have died had it not been for the Samaritan. Countlss mil- 
lions of people will die spiritually and eternally if we do not 
take to them the gospel. This is the best way in which we 
can help them. Each C. E. Society should have a special pro- 
ject of missions. It may take the form of welfare work at 
home among those of other races, but it is all important. 
Again we emphasize that in it all we must carry forth the 
gospel of Christ, or our work is in vain. This cannot be 
stressed too much. Every dollar given, every basket filled, 
every "family helped" must also carry with it the story of 
Christ on the cross as man's only hope for redemption from 
sin's curse. 

5. CHRIST'S COMMAND ON BEING A GOOD NEIGH- 
BOR. Jesus answers this lawyer's question on neighborliness 
by telling of this unfortunate Jew. He narrates of his mis- 
fortune, of his loss, of the ignoring priest and Levite. He 
tells of the Samaritan, of his interruption of his journey, of 
the travel to the inn, the healing of the Jew's wounds, pay- 
ment of his keep. Jesus commends the mercy of the good 
Samaritan. Then Jesus asks the lawyer about his enlightened 
knowledge on being a good neighbor. 

Jesus says if you want to be a good neighbor and fulfill 
my law, then you must do likewise. You must feed your hun- 
gry and needy. You must bind up their wounds, both physical 
and spiritual. This is just as true today as always. Medical 
missionaries, mission schools and child welfare are all very 
good if they take also the spiritual healing and teaching of 
Christ. We can be good neighbors to all if we follow the 
teaching of Christ on the subject. 



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QUESTIONS 

1. How can we best get along with our neighbors? 

2. Is it possible to get along with all of our neighbors? 
Why? or why not? 

3. If we help our near neighbors by giving them food and 
clothing, will they not come to depend on us, refusing to pro- 
vide for themselves, and if they do, where are we to stop in 
our helping them? 

4. Should we feed the "tramps" who come to our door? If 
we do, will they not come in increasing numbers? What can 
we do about it? 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Outlines 



Lesson 57 
Subject: The Woman With an Issue of Blood 

1. The universal curse of Eden "In sorrow shalt thou bring 
forth children" has far reaching consequences. The amount 
of suffering varies. Some women suffer all their lives be- 
cause of it. There is much more of it than we know, for 
delicacy seems to demand that womankind keep such suffer- 
ing a secret. Genesis 3:16. 

2. The compassionate Christ has comfort for suffering 
womanhood. As He was going forth one day a great crowd 
followed Him. In the crowd there was a woman who had had 
an issue of blood for twelve years. For twelve long years 
nothing could be found to stop it. Imagine how pale and wan 
she must have been. She was so distressingly weak and mis- 
erable. And yet how strong her faith must have been or she 
would not have dared to mingle in that great crowd. Mark 
5:24, 25. 

3. Her faith was the more remarkable because of all the 
disappointments she must have had. Mark says that she 
spent all she had on physicians. He intimates that the phy- 
sicians made her suffering more intense; and he stated that 
her sickness grew worse rather than better. Mark 5:26. 

4. But notice how Dr. Luke tells the story. He admits that 
she spent all her living on physicians, but he says they could 
not help her. It was not within the power of physicians to 
help her, Dr. Luke says. No doubt Dr. Luke was a conscien- 
tious doctor — one of those men who are God's gift to suf- 
fering humanity. Even a doctor's wisdom is imperfect, and 
Luke implies that much as the physicians tried to help her, 
they were unable to do so. Luke 8:43. 

5. Many a person would have given up long before this. 
But this woman kept hoping. When she heard of Jesus her 
hope turned to energetic faith. 

6. Perhaps she was ashamed to push her way up to Jesus. 
Perhaps she was too timid. Anyway she determined within 
herself that she would creep up behind Him and put forth 
her hand and touch but the hem of His garment. She be- 
lieved that in so doing she would be healed. Mark 5:27. 

7. She did not ask Jesus for medicine; she did not burden 
Him with a long story of her sufferings. She pressed her 
way through the crowd behind Him merely to touch the hem 
of His garment. Oh! how ashamed we ought to be! We who 
daily receive such manifold blessings from this Gracious Per- 
son, treat Him so ungraciously. Luke 8:48-44. 



8. Her faith told her she would be healed. She was. Ordi- 
narily such cases get well slowly. But when the Great Physi- 
cian heals, the work is perfect and complete. He knew that 
someone had touched Him in faith, and He asked who it was. 
No doubt the woman hoped to slip out of the crowd un- 
noticed. But Jesus wanted to confirm her in the faith. When 
she saw she could not get away, she came trembling and 
falling down before Him. Then she declared unto Him before 
all the people for what cause she had touched Him. Before 
all the people! The weakest are sometimes the strongest. 
Luke 8:45-47; Mark 5:32, 33. 

"She came in fear and trembling before Him 

She knew her Lord had come. 

She felt that from Him virtue had healed her 

The mighty deed was done." 

9. Jesus knows secret thoughts and acts of sin. He also 
knows secret thoughts and acts of faith. He hastened to speak 
comforting, reassuring words to the woman. Luke 8:48; 
Mark 5:34. 

"He turned with 'Daughter, be of good comfort 
Thy faith hath made thee whole!' 
And peace that passeth all understanding 
With gladness filled her soul." 

10. The Lord Jesus gives a gracious invitation to all who 
are sin-sick and weary to come to Him. 

"Oh, touch the hem of His garment 
And thou, too, shall be free; 
His saving power this very hour 
Shall give new life to thee." 
See Matthew 11:28; St. John 1:12; Revelation 3:20; St. 
John 6:37; Romans 10:9-10. 

PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT NEWS 

Conducted by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Vandergrift Week-End Meetings 

The Vandergrift Brethren Church has scheduled two week- 
end meetings with Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith speaking Febru- 
ary 17-20, and Rev. Chester Zimmerman preaching Febru- 
ary 23-27. On January 26 the church had its highest record 
attendance at the annual business meeting. The Brethren 
showed their appreciation of their pastor. Rev. H. R. Gar- 
land, on Thanksgiving with dressed chickens and canned 
goods, and at Christmas with a purse of fifty-six dollars. 

The Berlin Congregation 

is worshipping in the church basement during the redecorat- 
ing of their church auditorium. Some of the members are 
working hard each day in order to get the work done as soon 
as possible. "We Need a Revival" is the sermon theme each 
Sunday morning during February. The pastor. Rev. S. M. 
Whetstone, is using the theme in connection with the follow- 
ing sermon titles: "In Prayer," "In Bible Study," "In Chris- 
tian Living," and "How Have the Revival." Rev. and Mrs. 
Woodrow Brant of Ashland Seminary, members of the Ber- 
lin Church, are the proud parents of a baby girl, Mary, bom 
January 9th. 

The Pittsburgh Brethren 

minister, Rev. William S. Crick, conducted the church service 
over the broadcasting station KDKA on Sunday morning, 
February 13. For the evening service of the previous Sunday, 
Rev. Creek e.xchanged pulpits with Rev. Wilbur H. Neflt, pas- 
tor of the Pittsburgh Church of the Brethren. The Pitts- 
burgh Brethren Sunday School is substituting The Brethren 



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Emphasis Lessons for the International Lessons during the 
month of March. 

Third Church, Johnstown 

On Saturday, February 12, the Pennsylvania Ministerial 
Examining Board met at the request of the Third Church to 
consider the qualifications and iitness of Brother Percy C. 
Miller for the Gospel Ministry. Brother Miller is a deacon in 
the church and has had fourteen years experience in Sunday 
School teaching. He is assistant principal of the high school 
at Armaugh, Pa., and has had ten years of teaching expe- 
rience. In addition to the A.B. degree he will receive the 
A.M. degree from the University of Pittsburgh this coming 
summer. He expects to enroll in the Ashland Seminary for 
the fall semester and pursue the course leading to the B.D. 
degree. The Examining Board has recommended his licensure 
to the Brethren of the Third Church. 

Vinco Laymen Activities 

The Vinco Brethren Men's Chorus of eighteen voices, di- 
rected by Brother James I. Mackall, made its initial home 
appearance on Sunday evening, February 6, before a well- 
filled house. The occasion was the dedication of the new con- 
cert grand piano. The chorus has accepted the local church's 
invitation to give a musical program on the evening of the 
fourth Sunday in May, which will be the second anniversary 
celebration of the dedication of the new church. 

Book Writer Interviewed 

Rev. Freeman Ankrum, author of the book entitled "Alex- 
ander Mack the Tunker and Descendants," has been con- 
tacted by The Affiliated Broadcasting Company of New York 
City in regard to the production. The book was reviewed over 
the air over a network of five stations in the New York and 
the Philadelphia Area, and as a result the Broadcasting Com- 
pany has 1400 inquiries in regard to the book. They sent one 
of their personal representatives to Masontown recently to 
interview Rev. Ankrum with the purpose of making a write- 
up on the book. The first edition which came off the press 
in July, 1943 is now one half exhausted. The printing of 
a second edition depends upon the War Production Board. 
In case permission would be withheld the book may be out 
of print soon. 

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NEWS FROM OUR CHURCHES 

(Continued from page 11) 

They are both good, genial, talented people who should be 
giving full time to the "work of the ministry." Maybe they 
would if given a call to some larger opportunity or church. I 
am frank to say that I was in no way prompted to say that, 
and what Tiosa will do to me for suggesting it is hardly 
problematical. 

Tiosa has good leadership and talented membership and 
should do a better job in possessing their field, with good 
people of other churches too far to go to their own and not 
unfriendly to ours. I was greatly encouraged for their friend- 
ship, attendance and support, financially. Unusual, too, was 
the attendance of "prospects" as we call them — people who 
have not positively professed salvation but whose lives are 
too good to be classed with the Devil's crowd. Our work there 
was hindered and unfinished because of much sickness, acci- 
dental death, and the severe affliction of deacon Leedy's good 
wife, keeping active members away from the meetings where 
their help meant so much. Moreover the first great snow 
storm of the winter drifted into the roads making them 



impassable to all, one night, and for many, the last half of 
the last week. Tied up in Tiosa. 

Outstanding among the meetings were two full houses: 
one for the sermon on the "Unpardonable Sin," the other for 
the Old-Fashioned Dunker Meeting, when we had an unusual 
response from the nearby Church of the Brethren. Five 
preachers were "behind the desk" as we were wont to say 
in those olden times when such an occurrence was the usual 
and unexpected thing, when no minister knew of a certainty 
who was to bring the message; the effort also many times 
proving the emptiness of such a system of preaching. 

Also, outstanding was our Young People's Choir originated 
on the spur of the moment. We met at 7:15 for practice 
and of course, it was the liveliest feature of the whole eve- 
ning. Many oldsters came for it. The youngsters were not 
"snooty" as in some places for High School students were 
faithful to it regardless of the truth that some of the "kids" 
could not read! Where can you match that? The songs of 
our youth have more to do with their thinking than most 
people are aware. I figure that this feature of this meeting 
was well worth all it cost. You should have heard 6-year-old 
Norita Riddle sing, "What Will You Do With the King 
Called Jesus?" 

This church is in large part backboned by the Scotts and 
the Riddles. Nor are they all of it. Scotts who can say "scat" 
and Riddles who can puzzle if not Riddle one. One of these 
Riddles is Earl, now pastor of the Louisville, Ohio, church, 
one of our sturdiest men and recently a "proud grandpappy." 
Our homey home was with Charles and his fine family. His 
is one of the best ordered homes I have been in for a long 
time. Dorcas, named for another Dorcas, who was before that 
named for our Dorcas, has more blue ribbons and medals 
than I have seen for a long time. We hated to leave Tiosa 
and the many Riddles. We invited ourselves back. 

Wife is now with me and we have "trekked" to The Breth- 
ren Home at Flora for the rest between Sundays. Next Sun- 
day, we begin at the Akron, Indiana, Co-Operative Brethren 
Church, William E. Overholtzer, pastor. Needless to say that 
this work of evangelism is hard going and that we crave 
the continued prayers of friends of the Lord Jesus and His 
Cause. Countable results are never big these times, but all 
must know that the small churches of this part of Indiana 
have not been beaten into surrender or retreat because the 
going is hard. In no meeting have we been without confes- 
sions, in some quite a few, and the offerings prove what the 
people tell me: "we received a great inspiration and bless- 
ing." "Your sermons, 'Belshazzar's Jazz Party' and 'A Choice 
Young Man' have changed my attitude toward the gay life 
of cards, dancing and movies." says one, "Thank God for 
such uncounted results!" 

Charles A. Bame, Carey, Ohio. 

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ELKHART, INDIANA 

For some weeks our pastor. Brother Flora, has been direct- 
ing his messages to the people of his church — using for the 
basis of his sermons the Seven Churches — making his appli- 
cation to the church. 

His messages are strong and forceful — no doubt as to where 
we stand as a church and as individuals. The challenge to 
our local church is greater today than ever. If we fill our 
mission as a church the challenge must be met, not only by 
a few, but by every member. There is no neutral ground in 
the life of a Christian — either for or against — we must make 
an out and out stand for Christ. 

Judging by reports of the various organizations our work 
as a whole is making definite progress in spite of present 



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day handicaps. The regular services are well attended. Bible 
school attendance stays close to the three hundred mark. Mid- 
week service is fairly well attended and the interest good. 

Every Sunday evening the services for the young people 
have a regular attendance of fifty. These services are suited 
to the age and are under the supervision of competent lead- 
ers. Our young people must be kept busy if we keep them 
for future usefulness in the church. Eight of our Sunday 
school pupils ar awaiting baptism. If we continue to grow 
spiritually we must not forget to pray. Our prayer life is of 
utmost importance. Not only must we pray, but work as 
we pray. May we constantly "lift our eyes to the hills from 
whence cometh our help." 

Edna Nicholas. 

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LOST CREEK, KENTUCKY 

"Well, are you ready to go?" "Go where?" I asked. "Why 
that meeting at Haddix." We had settled somewhat for a 
restful evening at home, but the meeting at Haddix had been 
called, and we went. The meeting was held in one of the vil- 
lage stores there. 

At the appointed time, we were so pleased to see so many 
out that we forgot that we were tired. The purpose was to 
see what could be done about getting the new building nearer 
completion. There has been nothing done for some time now. 
Man power here is as short as anywhere else. All able bodied 
men are about taken for the army. 

It was suggested that we try to hire some one to complete 
the building, get the siding all on, and go as far as we could. 
We reported that there was not a cent of indebtedness on 
the building. In just a few minutes sixty-five dollars was 
laid down for work, and more has come in since then. There 
was manifest the very best spirit in that meeting that we 
have yet seen. All work thus far has been donated. 

In fact we felt so good to see the folks there give as they 
did that we said this to them: "When the building is ready 
for use we will have the workers ready to use it." Will Breth- 
ren workers be possible for the place, or will we have to try 
to get just whom we can? If we mistake not here is a splen- 
did opportunity for the upbuilding of the Kingdom, and 
Brethrenism. IF WE CAN GET THE BRETHREN WORK- 
ERS FOR THE PLACE. The people there will give, and 
help support the work. 

We hope to soon be ready for services there, and to have 
a good revival meeting this coming summer. But the seating 
is not yet pro%'ided for. We wonder if someone does not know 
of church seats somewhere that might be gotten for this 
church room? If so will you please put us in touch with 
parties having control of same? Also does any reader know 
of a small church bell that is not in use now, and they would 
like to have it used for the Glory and work of the Kingdom, 
please ? 

G. E. Drushal. 

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ARDMORE HEIGHTS BRETHREN 
South Bend, Indiana 

We have come to the half way mark in our third year of 

labor with the good people of the Ardmore Heights con- 

1 gregation and since it has been some months since reporting 

I our activities we thought perhaps a bit of news would be 

i of interest to the brotherhood. 

This third year already has promise of being the best year 
i of our service here. In our onward march there have been 



a few outstanding items which has aided very materially in 
our advancement. 

The first item is that of increased interest in the work of 
the different boards of the church, with an ardent desire to 
carry their part of the load that advancement might come 
to our entire brotherhood. All special offerings since the Mis- 
sion offering at Thanksgiving time have been about doubled 
over last year's gifts. We believe sincerely that this means 
added zeal and advancement on the home front. It is there- 
for with renewed hope that we labor on even against the 
great obstacles of our day. 

At Christmas time we enjoyed two very inspiring services, 
one given by the choir and the young people, and the other 
by the Children's Department of the Sunday School. Our an- 
nual Watch service on New Year's Eve proved to be one of 
deep spiritual uplift. The watch began at 8:00 P. M. with a 
business session which was followed by a fellowship hour 
in the social rooms closing with a songfest and candle-light- 
ing consecration service in the auditorium. 

The church has been doing things in the improvement 
field also. The assembly room in the Children's Department 
has been walled with heavy plaster-board, finished in nice 
finishing lumber, and is now ready for the painter. This is 
a much needed improvement and will give our gromng Chil- 
dren's Department new interest. The official board has de- 
cided to replace all broken windows in the auditorium and 
this will add much to the beauty of our sanctuary. The In- 
termediate Boys, a class numbering 16 members are redec- 
orating their class room. Their teacher has recently entered 
the Navy, but Mrs. Wayne Lawrence has taken over and is 
winning the good will of the boys and we feel they will con- 
tinue to advance in their search for truth. We are proud of 
this fine class. Most of them are members of the church. 

We are now looking forward with great anticipation to 
our evangelistic meetings which will begin on March 13th, 
and continue through March 26th, Brother Harry Richer and 
his good wife will be with us for their third consecutive 
meeting. We earnestly request your prayers for God's guid- 
ance and help, that many in this needy field may be led to 
the Lord. 

The Lord has been especially good to our congregation as 
we have lost but two from our church roll by death in these 
years and we have been able by the help of th Holy Spirit to 
add some 50 by baptism and letter, so we have grown into 
a much larger family, still there is room for many more. 
Pray for us that we may be used of God to gather them into 
the fold. We rejoice in the fine work that is being done in 
all of our churches. May the Lord keep us humble, steady 
and faithful until He come. 

A. E. Whitted. 

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MASONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 

Tvvo have been received into membership of the Church 
since the last report was sent in from here by the writer. 
In this District we are fortunate enough to have a man who 
was willing to add to his duties by reporting for the various 
churches. Inasmuch as Brother C. Y. Gilmer, the Reporter 
from Vinco, gets the Masontown Bulletins there is little use 
in repetition in this report. When some other one faithfully 
reports the most important events, there is less need for the 
Pastor to make a report. However there may be some things 
of general interest remaining. 

Our community like presumably all such, was hit with the 
Flu epidemic, and few families escaped its visit. The writer 
speaks from experience, spending an enforced vacation, 
Christmas at that, in bed, the longest of the kind thus far. 



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Our meeting had been planned since Fall and we were nat- 
urally wondering how much sickness there would be in the 
community when the time came for the beginning of the meet- 
ing January 24. Rev. J. G. Dodds of Smithville, Ohio, came 
to us for the meeting which was begun on schedule under 
difficulties. There were those among the faithful workers 
who were obliged to miss all or a part of the services. The 
average attendance for all services was 93 which in itself is 
an indication of some being prevented from attending. Pic- 
tures were shown each night with the exception of the first 
night, and Saturday and Sunday nights. These were given as 
visual evidences of Prophetic fulfillment of God's Word. The 
singing was led by Brother Edgar Berkshire, who divided his 
busy time among the church he served, and the High School 
where he teaches. He was able to be present at all services 
except the two morning services. 

This was the first visit of the Evangelist to this section 
of the state, and there no doubt will be new experiences to 
relate. This was the first time the writer has had the oppor- 
tunity to work with him in a meeting. Old Ashland College 
days, when we were there together, were discussed frequently. 
There being four of us here in Masontown who had been 
associated as students at the same time in College. 

The meeting seemed to pass rapidly. During this time of 
the year the weather is usually cold, but we enjoyed mild 
weather which furnished no excuse for people to remain away 
from the services. The visible results of the meeting were 
two, one who because of tender years will require teaching 
and one the head of a family which will now make the en- 
tire family one in the church. 

The Church here has a busy program ahead, but perhaps 
it will be better to report accomplishments rather than antici- 
pations. Funds are being accumulated to remodel the Annex 
this Spring. Funds are accumulating for the erection of a 
Parsonage, Which it is hoped will be begun soon after the re- 
building of the Annex. 

Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. 



■ The 
Business 
Manager's 
Corner 




By Georse S. Baer 



CAN YOU TOP THIS? 

We are not, at this writing, reporting the offerings re- 
ceived, but merely telling you of the largest yet received for 
the Publication Interests of our church. That offering comes 
from Smithville, Ohio, where Brother J. G. Dodds is the 
pastor, and it amounts to $341.90. That is fine, and far over 
the goal of $1.00 per member. We congratulate the church 
and its aggressive pastor. We are wondering if there are 
other churches that will attempt to top that offering. 

100 Percent Churches 

That means churches having the Brethren Evangelist com- 
ing into every home of the membership. It means putting the 



church paper on the budget of your church, just as Sunday 
schools put Sunday school papers on the budget and pay for 
them out of the Sunday school treasury. It means promoting 
the circulation of the Official Organ of your church in the 
easiest way possible. More and more churches are coming 
to see the wisdom of this method and are adopting it. Fol- 
lowing is a list of the 100 Percent Churches, some new and 
some old: 



C. Y. Gilmer, Pastor 

W. Clayton Berkshire, Pastor 

Indiana, Dr. J. Raymond Schutz, 



1. Vinco Pennsylvania, 

2. New Lebanon, Ohio, 

3. North Manchester, 
Pastor 

4. Ashland, Ohio, Lester V. King, Pastor 

5. Johnstown, Pennsylvania, (Third) 

6. Louisville, Ohio, E. M. Riddle, Pastor 

7. Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, (Loyal Group), D. C. W^ite, 
Pastor 

8. Lanark, Illinois, W. C. Benshoff, Pastor 

9. Washington, D. C, Clarence Fairbanks, Pastor 

10. Rittraan, Ohio, (Loyal Group), J. G. Dodds, Elder 

11. West Alexandria, Ohio, E. J. Beekley, Pastor 

12. Bethlehem Church, Virginia, John F. Locke, Pastor 

13. Dayton, Ohio, Vernon Grisso, Pastor 

14. Smithville, Ohio, J. G. Dodds, Pastor 

15. College Corner, Indiana, C. C. Grisso, Pastor 

16. Loree, Indiana, C. C. Grisso, Pastor 

Another church has written that it has decided to go 100 
percent, but has not yet sent its list of names. We hope others 
will keep right on working until they have made the goal. 
Nothing is more needed, aside from the Bible, in the homes 
of our people than the ministry of our church paper. 

Get the Brethren Slant 

In studying your Sunday school lesson, read as many les- 
son helps as you have access to, but don't fail to study our 
own Brethren Quarterlies. That is where you must go to get 
the Brethren slant, and if you don't think that is important, 
just remember! and recall! What might have been! It is true 
— Sow loyalty and you will reap loyalty. 

■ ■ We Are Asking You! 

We don't know who told the story first, but it helps us, 
timid like, lead up to the question we want to ask you: 

A new salesman for a meat-slicing machine was making 
a demonstration to a Dutch butcher, and turning to his pros- 
pect, he asked: 

"Wliat do you think of it, eh? Some machine, isn't it?" 

The butcher was enthusiastic. "Dot's fine. A vunderful ma- 
chine. Effery butcher should have vun!" 

The salesman continued his demonstration. Then he quer- 
ied, "Don't you thing this meat-slicing machine of ours is 
a big time-saver?" 

"Sure," replied the Dutch butcher, "dot's chust de ting!" 

"You realize it's a good thing for you, don't you?" per- 
sisted the salesman. 

"Sure, I should say so." 

"And you could use this very machine, couldn't you?" 

"Sure, I should say so." 

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Volume LXVI 
March 4,1944 



Number 10 



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INTERESTING ITEMS 

WE LEARN FROM THE PITTSBURGH, PENNSYL- 
VANIA, Bulletin of February 13th, that the pastor. Brother 
William S. Crick, conducted the broadcast services of the 
Allegheny County Council of Churches of Christ, over sta- 
tion KDKA, Pittsburgh's pioneer broadcasting station. The 
services were conducted between 9:30 and 10:00 o'clock. 
Brother Crick had for his subject: "The Divine Undergird- 
ing." It is too bad that we could not announce this in time 
for listeners of the brotherhood to hear the broadcast. But 
of course, most of you would be in Sunday School at that 
hour anyway, wouldn't you ? Or would you ? 

We also learn from this bulletin that Brother Crick and 
Rev. Wilbur H. NofF, pastor of the Pittsburgh Church of the 
Brethren, exchanged pulpits on February 6th, for the eve- 
ning service. 

THE MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS, BULLETIN tells of 
the vfsit the Christian Endeavorers of that church made to 
the Lanark, Illinois, Brethren Church on Sunday evening, Feb- 
ruary 13th. They helped out in the preaching service that 
followed the C. E. meeting by furnishing a vocal trio. Those 
singing were Lois Coleman, Shirley Sword and LaVonne Den- 
nis. The visiting C. E. were invited to the parsonage in Lan- 
ark following the evening services for a time of fellowship, 
singing and refreshment. Why not more C. E.'s try this ? 

WE LEARN FROM THE PLEASANT HILL, OHIO bul- 
letin, that the Evangelistic meetings at that place began 
on Monday, February 2Sth, with Rev. and Mrs. Harry Richer ' 
as evangelists. We trust that the meeting got off to a good 
start. The editor sends greetings to Brother and Sister Rich- 
er, old friends of the days of our Peru pastorate. Excuse 
us, we did not mean old to apply to the term "aged," and 
the rather we should have said, "friends of long standing." 
Any way our prayers are with you. Brother Floyd Sibert is 
the pastor. 

IN A LETTER FROM BROTHER W. C. White, pastor of 
the St. James, Maryland Brethren Church, tells us the good 
news that that congregation voted to be a 100% church in 
the matter of Evangelist subscriptions. We expect that Broth- 
er Baer will have something to say about this in his "Cor- 
ner." But we wanted to acknowledge the good news to all j 
i -of you. It should be a reminder that there are still other 

churches that have not joined the "Honor Roll." Why not 

get busy and become a 100 percenter? 

Interesting Items 2 BROTHER ENGENE J. EEEKLEY, pastor of the West 

Coordination— Editorial— F. C. V 3 Alexandria, Ohio Church wrote us recently that the church 

The Choice of Nehemiah— Rev. D. C. White 4 j^^^j purchased a parsonage. This fills a long felt need in this 

Service, Not Only a Privilege, but a Christian Obligation ^ flgi^j_ ^^^j ^^,g congratulate the West Alexandria Church on 

Rev. H. A. Gossard -> j-j^jg accomplishment. The Editor received a little envelope in 

The Bible and Science— Dr. Harry Lindblom 7 j^g communication which was very suggestive. Why not slip ■ 

Books Worth Wliile and Programs that are Suggestive— ^ ^ ,itt,g something into such an envelope and sent it to these 

Dr. L. E. Lindower b> good people, if you were one of those who received such i 

Definite Prayer Answers — Ethel Green Strunk 9 ^ suggestion ' 

Ashland College News Letter — Arthur Petit 10 

National Sunday School Missionary Information- THE FOLLOWING LITTLE SUGGESTION was found in, 

Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman 10 Brother Rowsey's Goshen, Indiana, Bulletin a few weeks ago: 

Bulletin Board Suggestions— Rev! E. J. Beekley ........ Al '"^^'^ ^"""^ ^^S^" f^"™ ^^i<^^ *" approach a problem is the 

Laid to Rest 11 TRY-ANGLE ... 'I will TRY to attend every Sunday service 

Christian Endeavor Topic for March 12, 1944 12 « t^^e months ahead.' " 

Prayer Meeting Department— Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert. .13 WE ARE SUGGESTING THAT YOU SHARE your Evan- 

The Children's Story — Aunt Loretta 13 gelist with some of your friends, preferably members of the 

What Liquor Ads Fail to Tell — Earl D. Mercer 14 church who are not already subscribers. Then urge them to» 

News From Our Churches 14 become a subscriber. We try to give you all the church news' 

Business Manager's Corner — George S. Baer 15 we can get. Help us by sending in your own church reports. 



CONTENTS 



COORDINATION 

Recently a "release," which comes to our desk 
/eekly from the Christian Instihde for American 
~>emocracy, carried the following by Rev. Robert 
V. Searle, D.D., under the title of "Our Forces Were 
Successful." He writes : 

"Those thrilling words have come to us again and 
gain from various battle areas. They carry the sort 
f message that gives a lift to the heart with its 
ugury of ultimate and complete victory. 

"Many of us, because we have relatives of our own 
n the service, seek immediately to discover the cost 
f each success in human terms. How many killed? 
low many wounded? What were our total casual- 
ies? We know that victory demands its price in 
ourage, in suffering, and in sacrificial death. 

"Having noted the success and counted its cost 
ve then turn to the full reading of the message. But 
n that reading how many of us catch the funda- 
aental lesson that is emphasized each time? 

"One word is regular in its recurrence. It is the 
vord, 'coordination.' 'The coordination of sea forces, 
.ir forces, and ground troops,' 'the coordination of 
;ombat units and ser^'ices of supply,' 'the coordi- 
lation of free French, British and Americans,' 'Unit- 
d Nation coordination,' — each success is dependent 
pon coordination and without coordination there can 
»e no victory. Every military leader knows that and 
b a general way, every one of us understands the 
act with regard to military efl'orts." 

Now these statements are all veiy true. An army 
vould cease to be an army in fact if there was not 
he proper "coordination" within its ranks. One man 
lut of step spoils a whole review. One man who is 
iletermined to have his own way in maneuvers may 
jhrow the whole plan out of time and consequently 
|)ring defeat to the entire force. 

A Spiritual Application 

That which obtains in the physical usually may 
')e applied to the spiritual. It is thus we find that 
■ve can apply the above thoughts to the spiritual bat- 
lie lines. And though it is true that "we wrestle not 
against flesh and blood, but against principalities, 
iigainst powers, against the rulers of the darkness 
if this world, against spiritual wickedness in high 
jilaces," it is, nevertheless, equally true that we are 
fn a battle to the death and are at grips with a most 
ormidable foe — a foe that is and will be defeated 
)y an allout effort on the part of God's people. Con- 



sequently, there is a vital need for a "coordination" ' 
of every interest of the church. 

The armies of this present world conflict have 
several "arms" of the service — sea, air and land 
forces. Each is vital to the other's welfare. One could 
not operate without the other. And there is, there- 
fore, this necessity for the close co-operation and 
"coordination" in order that each one may have a 
firm confidence in its own ability to act. A landing 
force is helpless without the aid of sea forces, and 
both are in vital danger without a covering or "um- 
brella," as it is called, of air power. 

Now what we are endeavoring to impress upon the 
minds of our readers is that we need a close coordi- 
nation between each and evei-y "interest" of the 
church, just the same as in a militaiy maneuver. 
That each one is powerless without the help and co- 
operation of the other in both cases. 

We have been wondering how many of the 
churches throughout the Brotherhood have been tak- 
ing the Goals Program of our National Work se- 
riously. How many have said, "0, this is just an- 
other statistical blank to fill out — ^just another some- 
thing to clutter up our own local program," and 
having said it proceed to forget the entire matter? 

It will be interesting to see how much "coordina- 
tion" had been applied to this program when the 
National Statistician makes his annual report at our 
next General Conference. That report will tell a great 
deal as to our real intei'est in the general work of 
the church. For each of the Goals has to do with the 
general work of the church, even though it is couched 
in language that would seem to be entirely local in 
its application. For it is true that there is not one 
thing that is done in the local organization that does 
not reflect on the ultimate success or failure of the 
National woi'k. It is likewise true that the local 
work is affected more or less by the attitude of the 
General Conference and in the way it plans for a 
better "coordination" of the various branches of the 
work. This is the first year of this National Goals 
Program and the way we get started and work it 
will largely tell how we are going to do it in the fu- 
ture. 

Why not sit down and write to Brother J. G. 
Dodds, National Goals Program Chairman, Smith- 
ville, Ohio, and give him a pre-view of your prog- 
ress? He will thus know what part of the program 
needs stressing in his future communications con- 
cerning the program. 

F. C. V. 



The Brethren Evangelis 




Nehemiah, like many other righteous men who are 
mentioned in the Bible, made a choice. He, like 
Moses, would rather face trials and heart aches than 
live in luxury and ease, for he saw a great panorama 
spread out before him. All the past glory of his peo- 
ple had passed away. Their city was in ruins, its 
walls and gates down. It was a dark page of human 
history that came to this man of God. 

According to Neh. 1:3-4, the news came to Ne- 
hemiah that the remnant was in great affliction and 
reproach. The walls are broken down, the gates are 
burned with fire. This was indeed a picture of deso- 
lation and heart aches. So that Nehemiah said in 
1 :4, "When I heard these things I sat down and 
wept, and mourned, and fasted AND PRAYED. 

You ought to read his prayer in Neh. 1:5-11. All 
these things combined to cause Nehemiah to make 
his choice. He was in the city of Shushan. The king, 
Artaxerxes, was giving a banquet to a large com- 
pany of people. Into this happy scene came Nehe- 
miah, the cup-bearer to the king, but he was not 
happy. He was sad of countenance ; so much so that 
it showed in his face. Then the king demanded of 
him, "Why is thy countenance sad? seeing thou art 
not sick?" He then presented to the king the story 
of the crumbling walls and the burned gates of the 
City of Jerusalem, and pleaded that he might be 
sent to restore the beloved city of his forefathers, 
and the king sent him. It is recorded in 2:11, "So 
I came to Jerusalem." 

It seems to me that the things he saw must of 
sickened him a little as he toured the ruined walls. 
For besides the broken walls he saw a great people 
in distress, despair and helplessness. Thus he was 
doing more than building a wall, he was building the 
city of his people and his God. 

The few thoughts that I want to bring to you will 
be based around Neh. 4:6 — "And the people had a 
mind to work." You will notice in this portion of 
scripture the response of the people to the faith and 
the courage of Nehemiah. This is one of the most 
gripping of the Old Testament stories, no doubt be- 



Ttie Clioice ol Nekmiati 



Rev. D. C. White 

cause of the unselfishness and courage of this grea 
man of God. Then we must not forget that the grea 
achievement was made possible, because "The peopl 
had a mind to work." They made a wonderful re 
sponse to the faith of their leader. With such lead 
ership and with such a response it is no wonder tha 
so great a task was accomplished in so short a timf 

This is exactly the great fundamental truth th 
church must learn in this age, if she is going to n 
build the broken down walls and burned gates c 
faith. We read in God's Word that as the walls wer 
builded that it was not by one or a few, but by th 
co-operation of all. All the preachers in the worl 
can not build a wall of protection against the sin the 
is without, until the church members buckle on thi 
sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, froi 
the rising of the morn until the stars appear, an 
fight for Christ and humanity. Our hearts and ou, 
hands must be dedicated to the ministry and missioi 
of Christ if we are workers together with God. Lfl 
us not build as a church for time, but for eternit; 
Let us divide the response of this people into tl^ 
following divisions : I 

/ — Definite Building 

There was work for Nehemiah, the rulers, tl 
nobles and the returned captives to do, and theii 
were enemies without and within. The enemies witli 
out tried to tempt them so that they could not buiJi 
the walls. But Nehemiah said, "I am doing a greii 
work, I can not come down." He and his people weij 
too busy doing a definite work, so that they cou'ji 
not stop. Thus they could truly say, "So built we th 
walls." What a great testimony to leave recorded f( 
others to read. This picture of a determined peopi 
building the walls with a trowel in one hand and] 
spear in the other shall live on for ever. Listen • 
the voice of their leader crying out, "Our God wj 
fight for us." Is there any wonder that these peopi 
could have this fact recorded — "So built we tf 
walls ?" What is the response of the Christians no 
to the call of their leaders? 

2 — Diligent Building 

There can only be diligent building when the "Pe^ 
pie have a mind to work." No one has ever worn 
battle with half-hearted service. It is ineffective. T 
man has ever accomplished much who has brougt 
to his task a weak will, or an inefficient purpose. T?' 



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rorld is in a very serious condition, because the peo- 
le liave lost control of themselves in a mad rush 
or money and pleasure. As a result the church and 
he home have become secondary. Let us respond 
ke these people of old and be diligent in the Mas- 
er's service. They had a purpose and thus, they 
had a mind to work." 

3 — Powerful Building 

The record tells that they were in touch with God. 
We made our prayers." No greater response can 
e made to any task than this. It was a dark hour 
or these people. They had opposition by ridicule, 
y anger, by discouragement, and by greed. But in 
le midst of all this they "made their prayers." Is 
lere any lesson here for this modern age? Prayer 
; the rock foundation of definite building in the 
lings of God. 

4 — Courageous Building 

"Fight for your brethren." So said Neh. 4:14. Be 
ot afraid of the enemies of God who are also your 
nemies ; remember the Lord, who is great and ter- 
ible, and fight for your Brethren. The foe of God 
lid His followers is not driven away by the show of 
rms. There is fighting to be done even today if the 
lurch is to fulfill her mission. 

We are to fight the good fight of faith. Faith was 
le outstanding virtue in the response of these peo- 
le to their leader. It wag this faith which made 
lem courageous. Neh. 4:16 says, "And it came to 
ass from this time forth, that the half of my ser- 
ants wrought in the work, and the other half of 
lem held both the spear, the shields, and the bows." 

5 — Co-operative Building 

Ever-y one with one of his hands wrought in the 
fork, and with the other held a weapon. They were 
ideed courageous builders. You will notice that the 
ecord says EVERY ONE. There were no leaners, 
11 were lifters; no drones, all were found active in 
ie work; no back-biting or grumbling, their noble 
fforts edified each other. Their command was 
fight for your brethren." Their heritage was a 
reat one, so is ours. Let us be CO-OPERATIVE 
lUILDERS. Let us be workers together with God. 
Ve, too, could do some real building for the king- 
oni, if we stood back of our preachers, Sunday 
ichool Superintendents, W. M. S. Presidents, C. E. 
'residents and all in leadership in our Churches. 

6 — Effectual Building 

Every one to his work. Here we find every one 
:iving the fullest response to the task. I will here 
lake a few references to the third chapter of Nehe- 
aiah. Here we have a record of the builders of the 
?alls and the gates. The priests built the sheep gate 
nd set up the doors of it. Then they sanctified it, 
et it apart to keep the enemies of God's people out. 



Verse 13 — The fish gate. They set the beams, doors, 
locks and bars, a complete job. In verse 6, the old 
gate — it was completed also. Then there was the val- 
ley gate, the dung gate, the gate of the fountain and 
finally the walls between the gates were finished. In 
Neh. 6:15 we read, "So the wall was finished in fifty 
and two days." Thus every one responded by being 
faithful to his task. What a wonderful Spiritual les- 
son for this day and age. 

Let us sum it all up and see the great blessings 
which come to those who are faithful to God and have 
the courage to put that faith into action. 

Nehemiah had a faith that could not be shaken by 
enemies from without or from within. What was the 
source of his faith? He trusted God. He did not rely 
upon himself when trials and danger threatened. He 
sought out God, and in doing this he instilled con- 
fidence in the hearts of his followers. The answer to 
fear is not bravery — it is faith, and faith will inspire 
courage. 

The Christian has yet to discover the great Spir- 
itual power that is on his side. "If God be for us, 
who can be against us ?" This would suggest that the 
Spiritual force that is on our side is greater than the 
forces of evil that are against us. These people had 
courage because they had God. We have fear today 
because we have lost God. It is like the quaint prayer 
of a little English girl. She prayed God to take care 
of her whole family, and then she said, "And God 
do take care of yourself for without you we are 
sunk." It is with us today as it was with the people 
of that time. The way out is the way of faith — for 
He will do the seemingly impossible. 

In closing let me say that the work which Nehe- 
miah did was made possible by one outstanding fact. 
HE HAD A RESPONSIVE PEOPLE. By their re- 
sponse he was rewarded for making the choice he 
did. His faith became their faith, and it was through 
co-operation that the work was completed. 

Are not the walls of Zion down in many places to- 
day? It would seem that the gates have been car- 
ried oflf so that they cannot be shut to keep out the 
great avalanche of sin that is threatening the youth 
of our day. The foe of the church is still sneering, 
still mocking, still conspiring, and breathing out 
hate. 

There is building to be done — what shall be the 
response to the call of our leader Christ Jesus? If 
we are workers together with God, let us build faith- 
fully. There was as dark page of human history then 
as now. The people were failing to support the Le- 
vites or leaders, they were neglecting the Sabbath, 
and were not bringing their tithes to the house of 
God. On account of the failure of God's people, Ne- 
hemiah made a choice and his brethren responded 
to his call, and the people had a mind to work. 

— Lydia, Maryland. 



The Brethren Evangelist" 



Service, Not oniy 



■ '" Rev. H. A. Gossard 

Though I may speak unsoundly, and quite remote 
from the idea my pastor, Rev. E. D. Burnworth at 
the time of this address, had in mind when he sug- 
gested I say something regarding WORK and 
WORKERS in the Church or Congregation, how- 
ever, this is what resulted : 

Speaking to you as a congregation, I think I 
should fortify myself in advance by this explana- 
tion: Though I do not regard you as subjects befit- 
ting a funeral sermon — I know you are not that far 
advanced yet — I choose a funeral text to support my 
remarks, and other scriptures to support the text. 
I'm sure you will discover my purpose in the text, 
if the text and what follows is considered. Rev. 14 : 
13, "I heard a voice from heaven saying. Blessed are 
the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth ; that 
they may rest from their LABOR ; and their WORKS 
do follow them." 

It is estimated that a very small percent of the 
number of people in the world today would be unre- 
generate and unchristian if evangelism had contin- 
ued the rate of effectiveness it attained during Je- 
sus' stay on earth and the two centuries following 
the organization of the Christian church. But evan- 
gelism did not so continue; it waned because of hin- 
drances, some of which are common today, but many 
of which we know little by experience. Those who 
constituted the church then, worked under great dif- 
ficulites and persecutions with no freer access to 
God's grace than have we; yet, many of them la- 
bored and died martyrs for their faith. Today many 
folk join church apparently to rest, — showing no 
faith by WORKS. 

A cradle-roll Department is 0. K. — but it's in- 
tended for those too young to care for themselves, or 
to help others. Us old kids and some a bit younger 
than us have rolled and are rolling too long in that 
cradle; it's time we roll out and go to WORK and 
make room for the real babies. This, I admit, sounds 
silly; but the point I desire to make and to stress is, 
that Christians WORK!! God Works: Christ Works; 
and we are Christ's representatives — the only ones 
he has in the world . . . (of course I mean those pro- 
fessing Christianity throughout the world.) So, be- 
ing his representatives and doing no Christian work, 
but living idly, indifferently, and apart from our pro- 
fession, with little or no regard for Christian prin- 
ciples, and with no concern for the unsaved, we rep- 
resent Christ to the world as being a lazy, an idle, 
and an evil man. I ask, who, on that ground, can 
refute the fact? ,., 



Privilese, But a 
Christian Obligation 



There have been times, under less favorable condi- 
tions, when this congregation prospered more thani 
it prospers now; but that prosperity waned. Was it! 
altogether the fault or failure of any pastor or pas-i 
tors? — I think not. I cast no reflection on any par- 
ticular pastor or member, but one truth is self-evi-i^ 
dent: it takes longer to rebuild a run-down congre-! 
gation than it took to run it down ; and another truth 
is as evident: a workless pastor never built a work- 
ing congregation, nor created a desire among his 
parishioners to Work; and, because he, without set-! 
ting the example, expects them to Work, they in 
turn expect him to Work ; so neither Works, and the, 
result is a declining congregation where the adver-^j 
sary goes unchecked. I 

A church congregation that calls itself Christian! 
and its members do nothing more than attend occa-! 
sionally or even regularly, and whose pastor does no 
more than preach morphetic sermons and draw his 
salary, half-earned, is not worthy of that name! — , 
it is not even a good club, nor an average well-or^ 
ganized society. All it needs — except it have a revival 
— is a funeral, a few withered flowers and a grave. 
There is but one way to have a congregation Chris- 
tian, and true to name and alive — keep Christ in it,' 
and let him run it! Then all members and the pas- 
tor will WORK together with the talents each pos- 
sesses without being coaxed or driven. An unwilling 
service has no virtue. 

No sane person will say Jesus was lazy. The gos-f 
pels record, "He went about doing good." He said. 
"My Father WORKS, and I WORK, and, I musi 
Work the Works of him who sent me while it is 
day; the night cometh when no man can WORK.'' 

Upon a mild parental chiding for a brief absence 
— during which Jesus was spiritually engaged — ^he 
asked, "Know ye not that I mnM be about my Fa- 
ther's business? . . . (Work?) On another occasior 
he suggested to a multitude that it should not pat! 
tern after the example of Pharisees, "For," said he 
"they say and do not." Referring to himself, he said 
"Believe me for the very WORKS' sake." The foli 
lowing repartee of Jesus to certain Pharisees, amuseji 
me, religiously, each time it occurs to me. Somewherp, 
about three days' journey from Jerusalem, Jesus wai' 
performing miracles; and these Pharisees, desiring 
his departure, told him he had better leave or Heroci 
would kill him. Jesus replied, "Go tell that fox ! 
cast out devils and do cures today and tomorrow* 
and the third day I shall be perfected." And on hi 
went doing deeds of kindness along the way that lec 



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to his destined execution. Paul and companions in 
travel entreated the Corinthian brethren thus, "We 
then, as WORKERS together with Him, beseech you 
also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain." 
Paul, referring to his Work in Christ, said, "God had 
not bestowed his grace on me in vain, but I La- 
bored—." 

I conclude with an undeniable fact — If the Church 
fails, though I know it will not . . . I'll put in thus. 
If congregations fail, and they do, they will fail be- 
cause they failed to WORK! — and that will be the 
only cause. Don't blame God for lack of gi'ace, for 
that cannot be true. The truth would be instead, 
"He bestowed his grace in vain." 

It simply does not seem like good sense or Chris- 
tian logic to say or even to think that a comparative- 
ly few should till God's field and reap the harvest 
while the great majority looks on and rests . . . What 
do you think about it? 

■ — Lanark, 111. 

§n§n§ 



THE BIBLE AND SCIENCE 

By Dr. Harry Lhidblom 
(Member American Chemical Society) 

The Majestic Universe 

Before we leave the realm of astronomy we pause 
a moment in the midst of this brilliant and system- 
atically active universe. Unnumbered and unknown 
myriads of bodies are in motion. Each has its course 
to run and each has its mission to fulfill. Some move 
with lightning speed, others are of slower motion. 
Some are inconceivably large and others are as mere 
grains of dust. The minute cosmic particle, many 
times smaller than a grain of dust, has its orbit and 
course just as definitely as the most massive and 
colossal body. The traffic of the gi'eat expanse is 
regulated perfectly. There is never a collision nor 
a mishap. The orbits of some describe a circle so 
large that it takes an unbelievable number of years 
to arrive at the same given point. How all were fitted 
into this wonderful system, how they are kept in 
their places, and how their speed is regulated is im- 
possible to perceive, unless our eyes turn to an intel- 
ligent designer and sustainer of all these things. Who 
can qualify for this position? Surely no infidel scien- 
tist. It must be God. It is God ! 

We tarry at this juncture for a word of edification. 
If there is an eye that sees all these countless bodies, 
large and small, and controls them according to the 
will, assigning to each its proper place and giving to 
each its proper function, would He not be interested 
in such .a one as I ? He clothes the star with its spark- 
ling splendor, emblazons the sun with its flames of 
energy, puts its lustre and twinkle in the cosmic 
dust, would He not care for me? Yea, upon us are 



even numbered the very hairs of our head.- — "0 yes. 
He cares, I know He cares. His heart is touched 
with my grief. — If the days are dreary, the long 
nights weary, I know my Saviour cares." He who 
manipulates the many solar systems and never makes 
a mistake is able to handle the comparatively insig- 
nificant details of my little short-lived life. My faith 
grows as I stand looking upward to the stars. I dare 
trust Him. I will trust Him. Have you recognized 
His will ? Have you by a definite act of your own vo- 
lition, committed your all to Him? He desires rec- 
ognition, He desires obedience. Because the swinging 
and rotating spheres obey Him, there is no dishar- 
mony in the stellar universe. Never a collision, never 
a controversy. Peace rules in the bodies of the sky. 
A complete submission to His will by the individual 
will bring a peace that passeth all understanding. 
Under the starlit dome of the universe, we bow our 
heads and hearts. We engage in a heart-talk with 
Him. The heavens have declared His glory and the 
firmament the work of His hands, his skill. 

The Heavens are a work of art — He is the Artist. 
The beams of light, the flashes of energy, the shafts 
of glory, the sparkle, the sputter, the twinkle, the 
dazzle, the color shifts and shadows — how they tes- 
tify to One who has an aesthetic taste, a desire for 
beauty. If He can so garnish the heavens, perhaps He 
can beautify my life. Something has taken the beauty 
out of life — perhaps this great Artist can make it 
worth while. Did we say "perhaps ?" — Nay, not "per- 
haps," but it is positively so — -"He shall beautify His 
own with salvation. He shall crown us with glory." 

If He can thus guide and lead the smallest par- 
ticle of matter as well as the highest, we can safely 
trust the guidance of our shortlived lives in His Mas- 
ter hand. If He can thus array in order, beauty, and 
undiminished splendor the cosmic universe, we can 
trust Him with the ordering and garnishing of our 
lives. 

Has the brief study of astronomy given you a lar- 
ger conception and a clearer vision of God? — Then 
you will find it a help in the exercise of your faith. 
Perhaps this is the reason God asked Abraham to 
look upward and count the stars, thereby giving no- 
tice of their movements and guidance. He was about 
to be led in an unknown way. He needed this help. 
There he stands, this venerable patriarch. His eyes 
are heavenward. He notes the stellar movements. In 
mediation, he says, "If He can guide the stars in 
their courses, and order the movements of the celes- 
tial bodies, I will trust and not be afraid." — The 
Evangelical Beacon. 



He who wakes to find himself famous hasn't been asleep. 
— Roger Babsoii. 

* * * 

"Oh, the flock is all right," Mr. Chadwick replied. "I am 
after the wolf." — Methodist Protestant Recorder. 



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DR^ W. I. DUKER 
President 



DEAN M^ A. STUCKEY 
Tri;asurer 




'Toicbtng (him to ob^t'rCi' all things whal^oi'Vt^r 1 have commanded you." 



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REV, E. L. MILLER 
Vice President 



REV N. V. LEATHERMAN 
Gcncrjl SccreUry 



DR. L E LINDOWER. Education.il Difcctor 



BOOKS WORTH WHILE AND PROGRAMS THAT ARE SUGGESTIVE 



Dr. L. E. Lindower, Educational Director 



BOOKS FOR LEADERS OF YOUTH 

Leaders of youth are constantly hoping and pray- 
ing for means to arouse and keep the interest of 
young people, and at the saine time do something 
worthwhile for them. There never was a time when 
there were so many good, usable books with helps 
in leading and teaching youth, as now. One page of 
advertising for such books is shown on the back of 
this number. 

As we have stated before, the National Sunday 
School Association will be glad to help you make se- 
lection of helpful books for your work, whenever you 
request it. We would like to call your attention es- 
pecially to these books now. Read the description of 
them carefully, and see if they do not have just what 
you need. 

"LET'S HAVE A GOOD TIME" 

To properly guide the fun of youth is always a 
big problem. They will have fun. This book and 
others like it, will help to direct their good times 
in the right direction and give helpful instruction at 
the same time. There are also books which combine 
fun and Bible knowledge. Every young people's lead- 
er should have a supply of such material. 

IDEAS AND HELPS FOR LEADERSHIP 

The two books, "Success with Intemiediates" and 
"The Young People's Bible Teacher and Leader," are 
well designed to fill out your failing supply of ideas 
and encourage you when you feel you are up against 
the wall in leadership. The writers of such books 



have an insight into the psychology of youth which 
keeps us on the right track. We cannot lead youth 
when we are trying to pull one way and they the 
other. We must know the direction of their lives and 
thinking and then try to add the right influence and 
guidance. 

INTERESTING WORSHIP SERVICES 

There is nothing more difficult than directing the 
worship of youth so that they worship, and will want 
to worship. The other four books on this page are 
devoted to this very important subject. Sensible and 
conservative programs, outlined for the different 
Sundays or special days of the year will not only keep 
abreast of the times, but will nourish spiritual life. 
The Sunday School Association has samples on hand 
of "Intermediate Worship Services" and "Interme- 
diate Expressional Services." The others we may 
have later. They may be procured through the Breth- 
ren Publishing Co. 

"INTERMEDIATE WORSHIP SERVICES" 

The contents of these books are outlined according 
to the twelve months of the year, four different pro- 
gi'ams for each month, with four additional "Mis- 
sions" programs for the fifth Sundays of the months. 
Study the value of these subjects : 

I. January: 1. The New Year 

2. Mottoes for Christian Living 

3. Prayer 

4. Be willing to forgive 

II. February : 1. A Good Turn Daily 



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2. Your Heart 

3. What Makes People Great 

4. Showing Reverence in Our Worship 

III. March: 1. A Study of Hymns 

2. The Gifts of God 

3. Speak the Truth 

4. Our Bible 

IV. April: 1. The Cross 

2. The Resurrection 

3. Showers of Blessings 

4. The Rainbow, etc. 

Take for example this Order of Service on the sub- 
ject, "The Bible," for the month of November : 

Prelude — "Nearer, My God to Thee" (Goerdeler) 

Call to Worship — • 

Leader: (The) Word (of the Lord) is a lamp 
unto our feet, and a light unto our path (Ps. 
119:105) 

School : The grass withereth, the flower fadeth : 
but the Word of our God shall stand forever 
(Isa. 40:8) 

Hymn- — "Holy Bible, Book Divine." 

The Lord's Prayer— Matt. 6:9-14 

Scripture reading — Psalm 28 (in unison) 

Talk— "The Place of the Bible in the World To- 
day." 

Prayer Song— "Take Time to be Holy." 

Sentence Prayers 

Offertory sentence — Give, and it shall be given 
unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken 
together, running over, shall men give into youi' 
bosom. For with what measure ye mete it shall 
be measui'ed to you again. (Luke 6:38) 

Offertory prayer 

Hymn of supplication — "Break Thou the Bread of 
Life." 

Benediction — (Now may) the Lord our God be 
with us, as He was with our fathers: let Him 
not leave us or forsake us : that He may incline 
our hearts unto Him, to walk in all His ways, 
and to keep His commandments, and His stat- 
utes, and His judgments, which He commanded 
our fathers (1 Kings 8:57-58), for Jesus' sake. 
Amen. 

'INTERMEDIATE EXPRESSION AL SERVICES" 

Although this book has the table of contents as 
he former, it contains more practical helps for the 
;elf-expression of youth in the services. It has al- 
■eady been tried with great satisfaction in the Ash- 
and Intermediate Endeavor. The poster suggestions 
;re especially good. Read the description of this book 
^gain. It is everything it claims. 



The secret with youth leadership is to get the 
right expressions from them, instead of merely try- 
ing to tell them everything. The helps will do it. 

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Definite Prayer Answers I 

By Ethel Green Strunk : 

So much has been said about prayer: How we 
should pray, where we should pray, when we should 
pray, and that we must pray in faith. Our precious 
Bible tells us again and again that "the prayer of the 
righteous availeth much" and "The prayer of faith 
shall save the sick," etc. 

Our teachers and preachers tell us over and over 
again of these truths. Our laymen pray and pray. 
We pray when we are in trouble or want, and cast 
our minds toward God in happy gratitude when we 
are blessed. 

All of this is fitting and proper, and I am sure 
very plain to people, sinful or Christian. But the 
thought comes to me that we have so many so-called 
Christian people who have never applied the idea of 
"answered prayer" to themselves. 

Just what I mean by this in plain words is this: 
Jesus said again and again, "Go ye," "Do ye," etc., 
and we apply these commands to almost everything 
except prayei'. 

When each one of us considers himself a direct 
answer to prayer, then 7nore prayers will be an- 
swered. 

Do you ever think of the sick among your friends 
and decide that you should call upon them, then 
promptly postpone the call? Perhaps that very per-' 
son was praying to God for courage, and God put it 
into your heart to make that call. When you did not 
— that was an unanswered prayer. * 

Then you promptly forgot. Someone was praying 
in faith to God for the many little needs which some- 
how can never be supplied. You might have been the 
answer to that prayer. 

Could you be instrumental in securing a position 
for some hopeless man or woman ? Do you use your 
influence to help those living around you? 

The church may be praying for God to put it into 
the hearts of the people to give, generously, that sal- 
aries may be paid or the church debt be reduced. 

As a rule, you know in your heart that you could 
give a little more to the financial support of the 
church, and yet you hesitate, thinking that you have 
done your duty, or that there are others in the con- 
gregation who have as much to give as you do. And 
— the prayer is unatiswered. 

Someone is living in sin. He may have friends who 
are praying for his soul. God puts it into your heart 



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to do something for this poor, lost soul. You feel that 
perhaps if you befriended him, called upon him, or 
invited him to your home, or to go to church with 
you, it might do some good. But — ah — a little vain 
pride whispers to you, "What would your friends 
think?" You hesitate, and the prayer goes mmrv- 
sivered. 

Are you personally responsible for answered or 
unanswered prayer? The Bible is alive with the 
teaching of this fact. Begin today ! Be God's agent in 
this matter of answering prayer ! 

— In the Free Methodist. 



Ashland Collese News Letter 

,. - ..... .-- . By Arthur Petit 



Frequently, inquiries are made as to where the boys in 
service are located. The Ashland College Alumni Office at- 
tempts to keep in touch with all graduates and former stu- 
dents in service. Here are some excerpts from our files. They 
are not complete and in some cases are doubtless not up to 
date. Will the readers of this column assist us by adding to 
or correcting our information? A post card to The Alumni 
Secretary, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, will be greatly 
appreciated. 

Lt. Gerald Banghart, x'44 is over seas; Neil Bennett, x'43 
is with the Coast Guard and is located in New York; Wayne 
Bennett '39 with the India China Wing of the American 
Transport Command and is located in India; Francis Berk- 
shire, x'45 is believed to be overseas; Clarence Balzier, x'46 
is attending pre-medical school at Tacoma, Washington, under 
the ASTP. 

Both Jack '46 and Paul Clapper, x'45 were last located 
with the Navy training program in and around Chicago; 
Lloyd King '21 was a recent visitor in Ashland. He is in the 
Ordnance Department of a Naval Air Base In Florida; Ar- 
thus DeLozier, '39 is in England; Harry Dotson, '33 is a Red 
Cross Field Director with the American Red Cross in the 
Mediterranean Area. 

Ensign Garber Drushal, '35 is on active fleet duty; Capt. 
John Erb, '37 is a Chaplain at Camp Maxey, Texas; John 
Fellers, x'43 is seeing duty on one of the Battleships of the 
U. S. Navy; Josephine Garber, '29 is with the Red Cross at 
Nichols General Hospital in Louisville, Ky. 

Fsank Good, '42 is overseas; Lt. Clyde Hare, '39 is seeing 
naval duty. His address is New York; Robert Holsinger, x'4-'i 
is seeing naval duty. Lt. Cassell Jacobs, '30 is located at the 
naval air station at Elizabeth City, N. C; Capt. John Jacobs, 
x'36 is at an army station hospital, and is addressed in care 
of the New York Postmaster. 

Lucille Teeter Kissack, '18, is an Ensign in the SPARS; 
Robert Kurtz, x'46 is studying in the naval program at Ober- 
lin College; George Lawhead, x'46 is with a technical school 
squadron in North Carolina; Harold Lichtenberger, x'44 is 
located at Aberdeen Proving Grounds; Lt. Walter Lichten- 
ger, x'42 is in Greenwood, Miss. 

Lt. Frank Lonero, '30 is with the naval psysical education 
program at Albuquerque, N. M.; Lt. Kenneth Long, '34 is lo- 
cated at a naval station in New York; Galen Maus, x'45 is in 



the naval training program at Miami (Ohio) University; 
Delbert Mellinger, x'45 a recent visitor to the campus, is 
with a headquarters company in Camp Maxey, Texas; Lt. 
Malcolm Miller, '31 is with the Coast Guard and is located in 
New York. 

This list is not complete and more names wall be added as 
space is available. 



National Sunday School Association 

Missionary Information 

Conducted by Chester E. Zimmerman 
Missionary Education Director 

"Sunrise In the Garden" by Mattie B. Shannon is a pageant 
that will be long remembered. It is an effective pageant 
with little memory work. It is just the thing you have been 
looking for to get the sunrise service out of the ordinary. 

Most of the text is carried by Christian, Questioner and 
Truth, and they have only a few paragraphs in all to mem- 
orize. The only setting needed is that the platform shall 
represent a garden and there should be a garden bench at 
the extreme left of the platform. This pageant may be given : 
as a combined Choir and Sunday School Entertainment. 

There is a real appeal in this presentation for all to be 
workers for Christ even as the Son of Man came not to be ! 
ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ran- ' 
som for many. 

If preferred it may be given as a sacred dramatic pre- 
sentation with music, by a few selected participants. Suit- 
able for not only sunrise service but also for evening. 

Eldridge Entertainment House, Franklin, Ohio. Price, 25 

cents. 



"For He Had Great Possessions" by Dorothy Clarke Wil- 
son is a play in which you will find an intensely vivid and i 
deeply-felt conviction of the power and beauty of Christ's il 
teaching and life, skillfully brought out in a work of the 
most unusual dramatic merit. Church groups everywhere i 
know Miss Wilson's splendid religious plays and know howi 
superbly they are written. 

This one act play is for 5 men, 4 women, and 1 boy. Thei 
setting is in early springtime in the courtyard garden of 
Ben Azel's house in Jericho. An eifect of e.xtreme luxury andi 
wealth is necessary, though the setting may be as simple' 
or as elaborate as desired. Notes on production are included. I 

The touching action centers around a rich family that re- 
jects Christ, even after the father has talked to Him. Tragedy 
in the guise of death of their child comes into their life. The 
healing of the blind beggar and the resurrection bring joy: 
and hope to them. 

Production license: right of one presentation given by pur- 
chase of five or more copies. 

Eldridge Entertainment House, Franklin, Ohio. Price, 35.1 
cents. 



"Easter Gladness" is a useful collection of Poems, Songs,i 
Drills and Exercises for Easter by Dorothy MiddlebrooW 
Shipman. There are 77 pages of helpful items for many ageS4(| 

Eldridge Entertainment House, Franklin, Ohio. Price, 40(1 
cents. = ^M. '1 



March 4, 1944 



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BULLETm BOAR© SUGGESTIOHS 
Suggested by Rev. E. J. Beekjey 

1. Christianity is not a winter resort or a last resort. 

2. The Church steps are the right steps to happiness. 

3. Absence from Church is a vote to close its doors. 

4. Put work into life, and put life into your work. 

5. Prayer cheers the heart and clears the brain. 

6. Forget not all His benefits. 

7. It is better to live for Jesus than to wish you had. 

8. A step through these doors is a step in the right di- 
rection. 

9. Count your many blessings, name them one by one. 
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. 

10. "Walk Worthily." 



was at Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren, east of Mt. Pleasant, 
Pennsylvania. 

William S. Crick. 



2Iat& l0 S^Bl 



MEYERS — Elder Michael Conway was born in Westmore- 
.land County, Pennsylvania, November 12, 1857 and departed 
this life February 7, 1944, having reached the advanced age 
of eighty-six years, three months and twenty-five days. 

On June 17, 1894 he was called to the Christian Ministry 
and served as pastor at Berlin, Masontown, Mt. Pleasant and 
Highland Brethren Churches, in addition to supplying in a 
number of other western Pennsylvania churches. 

He was active in Sunday School and Young People's work, 
in addition to having taught in the public schools. For more 
than forty years he was a member of the Pittsburgh Brethren 
Church, where he was known and loved for his faithfulness, 
loyalty and cooperative spirit. This church's Fiftieth Anni- 
versary Year Book contains the following paragraph: 

"Elder M. C. Meyers became a member of this Church 
by relation on April 27, 1902. He has served this Church 
as Elder and Teacher most willingly and efficiently for 
many years. Elder Meyers is known in this congregation 
for his consecrated life and his willingness to serve in 
whatsoever place the Lord might call him." 
In January, 1881, he married Lovina Ellen Young, deceased, 
who was a charter member of the Jones Mills Brethren 
Church, and active in the promotion of the Sisters Society of 
Christian Endeavor, now knowii as the Woman's Missionary 
Society. She served a number of years as National Secretary 
and Pennsylvania District President. To this union three chil- 
dren were born: Florence, deceased, who was the wife of 
W. P. Lemley; William Clayton Meyers, of Buffalo; and 
Viola, wife of Earl Wilson, of HoUidays Cove, West Virginia. 
In 1934 he married Mrs. Louise (Schempp) Kinsey, who sur- 
vives, together with two step children, Malcolm and Mrs. 
Stanley Gurney. 

He last attended services Sunday, December 19, 1943, when 
he taught his beloved Friendship Bible Class, and gave the 
invocation at the worship service. Although in failing health 
for several years, he was bedfast only ten days until the call 
came to his virile soul to lay aside its six-foot two temple 
of clay. 

Services were conducted from a funeral home by the Pas- 
tor, assisted by Rev. Wilbur H. Neff, Pastor of the Beechwood 
Blvd. Church of the Brethren, Pittsburgh, and Rev. E. L. 
Clementsen, of the Pittsburgh School of the Bible. Interment 



EDGAR— Mrs. William J. Edgar (nee Barbara Elizabeth 
Furch), widow of Peter Libell, and also of her second hus- 
band, was born Dec. 27, 1867, and departed this life Dec. 9, 
1943, at the age of seventy-five years, eleven months and 
twelve days. She became a member of the First Brethren 
Church, Pittsburgh, only a few years before her death, and 
was a faithful member. She was the mother of fifteen chil- 
dren; three to her first husband survive and seven to the sec- 
ond. Funeral services were conducted from the home by the 
Pastor, assisted by Rev. 0. L. Kuhn, of the Fourth United 
Presbyterian Church. 

■■■'■-— William S. Crick. 



LAUDERBAUGH— Miss Anna Lauderbaugh, aged 74, 
passed away on February 7, 1944, at the Brethren's Home 
in Flora, Indiana. She had been a resident of the home for 
fifteen years. Born in Clinton County, Indiana on January 
24, 1870, she came to the Home from Mechanicsburg, Indiana. 
She became a member of the Flora Brethren Church several 
years ago. 

The funeral seiwices were held in the Brethren's Home on 
Wednesday, February 9th, the undersigned officiating. 

Bert Hodge, pastor. 



BIRD — Cyrus M. Bird on Christmas morning was stricken 
with cerebral hemorrhage and one week later, January 1, 
1944, he passed from our earthly midst. 

Brother Bird was a member of the Meyersdale Brethren 
Church for many years. He was not only loyal to all' the in- 
terests of the Brethren Church, but enthusiastically so. His 
was a spirit tempered with grace and goodness. He was 
much concerned for the welfare of his brother Charles, who 
for several months was confined to the hospital in Philadel- 
phia. This concern along with special interests in the church 
and community doubtless had its part in hastening the sud- 
den end. Only the day before he was stricken the doctor pro- 
nounced his blood pressure normal, and heart good. But thus 
are the frailties of man revealed. 

Besides his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Earl Walker and 
Miriam M. Bird, he leaves the brother and three sisters to 
mourn his loss, as well as a host of friends in the church and 
community. 

Services were held in the Meyersdale Brethren Church, the 
pastor officiating, the Meyersdale Church of the Brethren 
quartette including the pastor and wife, singing, and the un- 
dersigned bringing the message. The message was based upon 
the text of life long interest to the deceased, 2 Tim. 4:7, 8, 
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I 
have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a 
crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous judge, 
shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all 
them also that love his appearing." 

N. V. Leatherman. 



It is a struggle for maintaining in the world that form 
and substance of government whose leading objective is to 
elevate the condition of men — to lift artificial weights from 
all shoulders, to clear the paths of laudable pursuits for all, 
to afford all an unfettered start. — A. Lincoln. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 




"Tnploi oOL'Trlihted br the iDtomatioiul Society 
Dsed by permlBlloiL" 



or Cbrlstlmu EndeATOr. 



Topic for March 12, 1944 

"DO MIRACLES OCCUR TODAY?" 

Scripture: Mark 2:1-12 

For The Leader 

An ever recurring question in the minds of many people 
today is this one of miracles. We read in the Holy Scriptures 
of the marvelous healings and restorations which Jesus per- 
formed while here on earth. Around us we see so many who 
could be healed, as we think, if Jesus were only here today. 
Then comes this question, "Do miracles really happen today?" 
To get our answer we must first determine why Jesus did 
these miracles, and then we must see whether or not it is 
necessary to have like miracles today. Then we must learn 
of any other possible forms which miracles could take today. 
Then we shall have our answer. It is an important question, 
for on it rests a large measure of our faith today. 

DISCUSSION 

1. MIRACLES PERFORMED TO SHOW CHRIST'S 
POWER. Jesus came to earth, lived among men and did 
many wonders, which, "if they should be written every one, 
I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the 
books that should be written." He performed these miracles 
to "help those in need. He performed many miraculous things 
to show to the skeptical multitudes of that day that He was 
more than a mere man. The people had no way of knowing 
about Him save through His personal revelation of Himself. 
And in spite of all this they still disbelieved. Jesus had a 
purpose in healing men and performing other miracles. He 
wanted people to believe in Him, not only as a healer of the 
body, but also of the soul. Many people today pose as body 
and "living conditions" healers, but they neglect the soul. 
Jesus remembered both, and healed both because He loved 
mankind. 

2. ARE MIRACLES NECESSARY TODAY? We have the 
.scriptural accounts of the miracles of Jesus which point to 
His Deity. To convince us that Jesus is God, we do not need 
miracles today, for we have the written Word. But God, 
because He is a God of love, and because of love for us, by 
His very loving nature finds it necessary to perform mir- 
acles today. Picture the plight of poor man if God did not 
perform the daily miracles of provision, guidance and protec- 
tion. Miracles are necessary to our welfare, and our God 
performs them in His infinite wisdom and judgment. 

3. HOW HARD HEARTED ARE WE TODAY? A real, 
abiding Christian, in prayer, learns to trust His Lord. He 
believes that the Lord performs miracles in His own life and 
the lives of those whom he loves. The Lord may not heal 
a broken body or remove the thorns of the flesh, but He does 
perform the miracle of giving us sufficient grace to endure. 
It is nothing short of a miracle when Christian people can 
see their world fall around them and still smile about it. 

But in this world are hard hearted people, even Christians, 
who do not give the Lord credit for anything. If the crop.s 
are good, it was nature. If the crops are bad, then God for- 
got. They lead us to believe that they do not give credit for 
any intervention on the part of God. They explain a recov- 
ery from serious illness or a narrow escape on the grounds 



that it just wasn't their time to die. The factor of prayer 
never enters their mind. Pastors find this difficulty when 
they go to a sick room to visit. The trust of the sick and 
their relatives is in their doctor and the medicine. The idea 
of God's ministering hand upon the sick is foreign to them. 

To believe that miracles really happen today we must 
expect them and look for them, recognizing that God is ever 
able to help those who call upon Him. Of course, in expect- 
ing miracles we must be resigned to the will of God to per- 
form them, or to withhold His hand, which ever seems best 
to Him for us. 

4. THE GREATEST MIRACLE TODAY. "Though your 
sins be as scarlet, they shall be as snow." Try to change the 
sinful, hateful, lustful and blood-thirsty nature of man by 
anything short of a miracle. It makes us shudder when we 
see mankind today attempting social and moral reforms on 
the same useless principles and methods of 6000 years of 
human history. A "build-up" will not "build up" a man. It 
takes a miracle. That miracle is redemption through the 
blood-sacrifice of Christ, the Son of God. This is the greatest 
miracle. For a hating, evil loving man can be transforrfled 
into a loving and normal being. That is salvation, for now 
and eternity. There can be no greater miracle, and it is tak- 
ing place in the hearts of countless men and women and young 
people today. 

5. PRAYER PERFORMS MIRACLES. Another way to put 
it is "Prayer Changes Things," a phrase which we all well 
know. If we know it so well, why don't we believe it and use 
it? The life and progress of Christians is limited to their 
application of prayer. Churches are established, missionaries 
sent forth, and souls saved through the miracle power of 
prayer. It is a miracle power, but it is no mystery. For 
prayer is simply the communion of a child of God with his 
heavenly Father, asking for the things he needs. Prayer is pe- 
titioning the One who is the Master of miracles. 

If we, as young people, want to see something come to 
pass, let us pray about it. If there is something for which 
we long and desire, let us pray night and day for it. Let us 
continue to pray earnestly for it until it does come to pass, 
or until the Lord reveals to us that such is not according to 
His will. There are things which we would like to see take 
place, the nearness of loved ones, the continuation of happi- 
ness, the salvation of friends. All these can be made a mat- 
ter of real prayer, and the Lord will perform miracles which 
will even surprise us. Miracles will occur when we pray. 

6. A BRETHREN DOCTRINE OF HEALING. While on 
this subject of miracles we can well stress the Brethren 
practiced doctrine of healing as admonished in James. Briefly, 
it is this. When we are sick (the degree of sickness is not a 
vital factor) we are to request the visit of the Pastor and 
a deacon or so, to administer the anointing service. Note that 
the request must come from us. The Pastor dare not suggest 
it. Note, too, that this service is not take the place of meri- 
cine or a Doctor, of which every wise individual will avail 
themselves when sick, but it is an acknowledgment that we 
place our trust and care in the hands of the Great Physician, 
even Jesus. It is not to be used only as a last resort, though 
it is too many times. Perhaps if when we are taken ill, we 
should call the Pastor for this service immediately, the per- 
centage of fatalities would drop. This service is not in any 
way to be confused with the unbiblical practice of "last 
rites for the dying" as observed by some religionists. 

Testimonies, even in this modern day, attest to the truth 
of James that "the prayer of faith shall heal the sick." We 
anoint with oil three times. First, for the forgiveness of sin. 
We must forgive all malice, sin and hate before we can ex- 
pect God to heal us. Second, we anoint for the increase of 



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faith. Yes, Faith in God and in Christ. We must actually 
believe that God is able to heal us. Third, we anoint for the 
healing of the body. All this is done in prayer and resigna- 
tion to the will of God in our lives. We cannot estimate the 
suffering which has been withheld or removed from the lives 
of Christians, who, when sick, called for this service of 
anointing. There is no one who is a Christian, young or old, 
who is outside the bounds of this service, provided they be- 
lieve in its power. Yes, miracles do happen today, if we pray 
for them and believe, through Christ, that they can take 
place. 

QUESTIONS 

1. Do you know of a specific miracle which you know has 
happened recently? Let each attendant mention one from 
their knowledge. 

2. What great miracle will sooner or later come to pass 
concerning the Christian Church? 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Sugsested Outlines 

Subject: Solomon, the Man of Wisdom and Folly 
Lesson 58 

1. Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba. Solomon 
was not the eldest son. There were several sons older than 
he. David, however, had promised the throne to Solomon and 
he was anointed before his father's death. 2 Samuel 12:24, 
25; 1 Kings 1:17, 39, 40. 

2. One of the first things Solomon did was to take a 
heathen king's daughter for his wife. It was a fatal mistake. 
It was, perhaps, a good political gesture, but his foreign 
alliances later caused his downfall. 1 Kings 3:1. 

3. Early in his reign he had a vision in which the Lord 
appeared to him and asked what he wanted. He confessed 
his weakness and ignorance and asked for an understanding 
heart. 1 Kings 3:5-9. 

4. Solomon's humble speech pleased the Lord and He prom- 
ised him not only wisdom, but riches and honor. He was prom- 
ised long life — on condition. 1 Kings 3:10-14. 

5. God gave Solomon great wisdom indeed. His fame spread 
abroad over the world. 1 Kings 4:29-31; 1 Kings 3:16-28; 1 
Kings 10:23, 24. 

6. Solomon's greatest work was the building of the temple 
at Jerusalem. It took seven years to build it. It was richly 
adorned with gold. When it was finished the king himself, 
offered the dedicatory prayer. 1 Kings 5:1-10; 1 Kings 6:21- 
22; 1 Kings 6:29, 30; 2 Chronicles 6:12, 14, 19, 20, 21, 40, 
41, 42. 

7. During his later years he was honored by a visit from 
the Queen of Sheba. As he increased in wealth, he began 
to make a show of his riches by living very extravagantly. 
This led to discontent among the people and later caused the 
fall of his kingdom. 1 Kings 10:1-13. 

8. But king Solomon loved many strange women, a thou- 
sand of them. And when he was old they turned his heart 
away from the Lord. What a sad picture! A life begun so 
wisely, and continued so well then in old age, led away from 
the Lord. When the Lord said, "Be not unequally yoked to- 
gether with unbelievers," he expressed what is best for man 



in Solomon's day, and in ours. Solomon was sharply rebuked 
by the Lord. 1 Kings 11:1-11. 

9. Whether or not Solomon ever repented and returned to 
God is a question for debate. Some say the Book of Eccle- 
siastes describes his philosophical wanderings which seem 
at last to emerge into the light of faith. Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14. 

10. Solomon was known as the wisest of men, yet his wis- 
dom did not teach him self-control. He taught well, but did 
not always follow his own precepts. It is something for young 
men and women to note that the world's wdsest, the world's 
wealthiest man said after looking back on it all, "Let us 
hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep 
his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man." 

The Children's Story 

Mrs. Lorettd Carrithers, Supt. 

Dear Children: 

But Saul, yet breathing threatening and slaughter against 
the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and 
asked of him letters to Damascus unto the synagogues, that 
if he found any that were of "The Way," whether men or 
women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. And as he 
journeyed, it came to pass that he drew nigh unto Damas- 
cus: and suddenly there shone round about him a light out 
of heaven: and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice say- 
ing unto him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" 

And Saul said, "Who art thou. Lord?" 

And the Lord said, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: 
but rise, and enter the city, and it shall be told thee what 
thou must do." 

And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, 
hearing the voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from 
the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing; 
and they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damas- 
cus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor 
drank. 

Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named 
Ananias; and the Lord said unto him in a vision, "Ananias." 

And he said, "Behold, I am here. Lord." 

And the Lord said unto him, "Arise, and go to Straight 
street, and inquire in the house of Judas for one named Saul, 
a man of Tarsus: for behold, he prayeth; and hath seen a 
man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, 
that he might receive his sight." 

But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many of 
this man, how much evil he did to thy saints at Jerusalem: 
and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind 
all that call upon thy name." 

But the Lord said unto him, "Go thy way: for he is a 
chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles 
and kings, and the children of Israel: for I will show him 
how many things he must suffer for my name's sake." 

And Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and lay- 
ing his hands on him said, "Brother Saul, the Lord even Jesus, 
who appeared unto thee in the way which thou earnest, hath 
sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled 
with the Holy Spirit." 

And at once there fell from his eyes as it were scales, and 
he received his sight; and he arose and was baptized; and 
he took food and was strengthened. 



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And he was certain days with the disciples which were at 
Damascus. And at once in the synagogues he proclaimed 
Jesus, that he is the Son of God. And all that heard him were 
amazed, and said, "Is not this that man who in Jerusalem 
made havoc of them who called on the name of Jesus? and 
he had come hither for this intent, that he might bring them 
bound before the chief priests." But Saul increased in 
strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, 
proving that this is the Christ. 

And after many days, the Jews took counsel together to 
kill him: but their plot became known to Saul. And they 
watched the gates also day and night that they might kill 
him: but his friends took him by night and let him down 
through the wall, lowering him in a basket. 

And when he was come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join 
himself to the disciples: and they were all afraid of him, 
not believing that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, 
and brought him to the apostles and declared unto them how 
he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken 
to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the 
name of the Lord Jesus. And he was with them going in and 
going out at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the 
Lord: and he spoke and disputed against the Grecian Jews: 
but they went about to kill him. And when the brethren 
knew it they brought him down to Cesarea, and sent him 
forth to Tarsus. 

So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Sa- 
maria had peace, being built up; and, walking in the fear 
of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, was mul- 
tiplied. 

And some time after, Barnabas went forth to Tarsus to 
seek for Saul: and when he had found him, he brought him 
to Antioch. And it came to pass, that for a whole year they 
were gathered together with the church, and taught much 
people; and that the disciples were called Christians first in 
Antioch. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

.. .. Aunt Loretta. 

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WHAT LIQUOR ADS FAIL TO TELL 
Earl D. Mercer 

The liquor interests of our country spend millions of dol- 
lars every year to advertise their drinks. These advertisements 
are shown on the movie screen, placed in newspapers and mag- 
azines, read over the radio, and painted on billboards and 
along our highways. 

These misleading advertisements of the liquor traffic point 
out how many men are employed, the revenue paid our gov- 
ernment, the great help to the farmer and how to ser\'e the 
"beverage of moderation." 

Let us look, however, at some of the things that liquor 
advertisements do not tell: 

They have never mentioned the fact that their deadly prod- 
ucts cost the state many times the amount of taxes they pay 
into the state treasury. Liquor is related to 90% of the crimes, 
responsible for 75% of the broken homes in America, and 
55% of all insanity. Reliable authorities say that 60% of all 
auto accidents are caused by liquor. 

Alcoholic drink demands that we have more policemen, 
larger jails, greater court costs, more accommodations for 
the insane and larger hospitals to care for those maimed and 
diseased because of liquor. The money to pay for this must 
come from the people. Alcohol costs everybody! 

They do not tell you that liquor causes the individual to 



lose his honor, purity, good influence, health, usefulness, and 
often loss of life itself. 

Drink has never aided a person to get a decent job. It has 
never changed a wallflower into a glamour girl. Instead, it is 
ruining our youth and defense. 

Who can measure the heartaches, the sorrow, the blasted 
hopes and ruined lives for which drink is responsible — and 
liquor ads fail to reveal? — Baptist Message. 

A religion that is all theory is a very poor religion. Prac- 
tical religion is often neglected. If I am right in doctrine and 
wrong in practice, what have I gained ? One preacher re- 
fused to preach against dancing because some of his best- 
paying members were dancers. A certain religious cult built 
dance halls by the side of their church houses. Do not be 
alarmed. These people claim to have received later revela- 
tions. — E. M. Borden. 




News From Our 

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Churches 



FREMONT, OHIO 
GOSPEL TEAM MEETINGS 

The Men's Gospel Team of Ashland Theological Seminary 
conducted an eleven-day Revival meeting in the First Breth- 
ren Church at Fremont, Ohio, from January 27 to February 
6. The Fremont people are to be commended for their faith- 
ful work and prayer in preparation for the meetings. 

Some time before, the undersigned, as District Evangelist, 
had gone to Fremont, accompanied by Brother J. G. Dodds 
and Brother George Baer, representatives of the Ohio District 
Mission Board, to attend a business meeting of the congre- 
gation to discuss means of reviving the work of the church. 
At this meeting it was agreed by the people to make a com- 
plete canvass of the members and the community in prepara- 
tion for a Revival. The majority of them present volunteered 
to help, and they faithfully accomplished their work. 

On January 27, Carlyle Ulrey, student Pastor, and Keith 
Bailey, student in the College began the services. They con- 
ducted services every night from Thursday until Monday, 
at the same time making fifty-five calls on prospective fam- 
ilies. Brother Bailey was very well received as the preacher 
at these services. 

From Tuesday until Sunday night, the undersigned took 
over the preaching, driving from Ashland each evening, while 
conducting his regular teaching schedule at Ashland. Each 
evening he was accompanied by members of the Girls' Gos- 
pel Team of Ashland College, who assisted with special mu- 
sic, and by one or two members of the Men's Team who also 
assisted. Our sincere thanks go to the Girls' Team for the 
fine music they provided, and for the faithfulness of the Men. 

Brother Paul Burkett, former student of Ashland College, 
also helped materially in the meetings by conducting chil- 
dren's services. His services will continue by conducting a 
mid-week prayer service each week. We hope that these ser- 
vices have given the Fremont Brethren new courage to go 
on, and will lead them into full-time Pastoral services soon. 
L. E. Lindower, 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 



March 4, 1944 



IS 



THE APOSTOLIC MISSION 

Dear Evangelist: 

I want to use fhe columns of the Evangelist to answer a 
number of inquiries about the condition of Mrs. Bowman's 
oyesight. Five years ago she went totally blind in her left 
3ye. We took her to Wills Eye Hospital here in the city. They 
told us the obstruction could be removed but advised as long 
as she could see well out of the right eye it would be all 
right to leave it alone as sometimes an operation on the one 
aflfects the other. A few months ago the sight of the right eye 
began rapidly to fail. In a short time she could not see to 
read, write or do any work. She entered Wills Eye Hospital 
on the 12th of December. She had the operation of the left 
eye the 13th. She was brought home Friday before Christmas. 
She wore dark glasses for five weeks, then she was fitted 
with glasses and now she can read fine print with the eye that 
was blind for five years. She said she had a very happy 
Christmas because once she was blind but now she can see. 
The Hospital was quarantined the day she entered, for flu, 
and this was lifted the day she was released. I expected to 
visit her daily but did not get to see her until the day I 
brought her home. She is slightly weakened by the ordeal 
but she is happy and we expect her to wholly recover from 
the ordeal. I visited her Hospital ten times in ten days but 
did not get to see her. 

During this trying ordeal it was hard on The Apostolic 
Mission but our mission held its own and we hope now to put 
harder pressure upon our work. Last week we received a 
splendid member by relation. I baptized her many years ago 
in The WTiole Gospel Mission. She was so loyal to Brethren 
doctrine that she never placed her membership in another 
denomination. We were glad to welcome her in our mission. 
Isaac D. Bowman, 3039 Germantown Ave., Phila. 

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BRYAN, OHIO 

The Bryan Brethren Church just closed an evangelistic 
meeting last Sunday evening, February 13th. Brother W. C. 
Benshofl' was the evangelist. In casting about for an evan- 
gelist we were very fortunate in securing the services of 
Brother Benshoff for two weeks, beginning January 30th. It 
was a happy privilege to work with Brother Benshoff. This 
was the first time we ever had that privilege. He is a mighty 
good yoke-fellow. His sermons were of the highest type. He 
was fearless in proclaiming the truth and every message 
rang true to the word. Not only our own people, but people 
of other churches were very profuse in praising him. We 
want to thank the Lanark Church for loaning him to us for 
this meeting. 

I This meeting in many respects was like any other. We 
Iran into a union service one Sunday evening and a couple 
of special entertainments at the school, which took away a 
certain number of people. But the rest of the time we had 
good attendance. We did have good weather with the excep- 
tion of the last two days, when we ran into zero weather. 
But every one felt that we had a mighty good meeting. Our 
I prospects were pretty well gleaned last year and there were 
not many to get. However, there were eight received into the 
church. Three of these were by relation and five by baptism. 
They were all adults. Some of these we had been working for 
and praying for for years. Two fathers and two sons were 
baptized and the wife of one son. We have great reason to 
rejoice and to praise God for the victories won. We hope 
it will be possible for Brother Benshoff to be with us again. 

C. A. Stewart, pastor. 



The Business Managers Corner 
George S. Baer 

SMITHVILLE'S GIFT 

Last week we asked, "Can You Top This?" and told you 
that the church at Smithville, Ohio, of which Brother J. G. 
Dodds is pastor, made a gift to the Publication Day OflFering 
of $391.40, but through typographical error it was reported 
as $341.90. We beg the pardon of the Smithville Church for 
having under-reported their offering, and we want to say 
that any church desiring to compete with Brother Dodds' loyal 
people will have to step on fhe gas pretty hard. It looks like 
the Ashland Church, of which Brother L. V. King is pastor, 
will lay claim to second highest honors. Its gift at this 
writing totals $269.08. This church has gone over the top on 
all its offerings during this conference year. 

Was Your Gift an Increase? ■ - ... 

The National Goals Program adopted by General Confer- 
ence calls for an increase in your Publication Day Offering 
over last year. Have you reached the goal? Every church 
ought to try to measure up if at all possible. Check your rec- 
ords and see if you have. 

The Total Gift to Date 

from the entire Brotherhood is $3,122.24, and that is just 
$1,877.76 short of the $5,000.00 goal. Several strong churches 
are yet to be heard from, so we still have hopes. However 
we urge those who have already reported their offering and 
have not gone over their last year's gift, to see what can 
be done to reach the goal — an increase over last year's gift. 
A pastor of a small church decided that the gift he had 
received for the Publication Day Offering was far below what 
it should be. He refused to report it until he had made an- 
other appeal, with the result that the original gift was more 
than doubled. Another pastor writes proudly that his church 
gave more than twice as much this year as in any previous 
offering. 

More 100 Percenters Coming 

The St. James Church at Lydia, Maryland, writes that they 
have decided to put the Evangelist into every home. Brother 
D. C. White is the pastor. Also a letter states that Hagers- 
town, Maryland, has voted to go 100%. Complete lists from 
these churches have not yet been received. 

Little Building Rented 

The little building beside the Publishing House is com- 
pleted and rented at $30.00 per month. Folks were eager to 
get it. Now for the paying of the loan of $1,000.00 made to 
complete the building. The Prudential Committee has decided 
to take care of that at once. That committee, consisting of 
Brethren J. E. Stookey, J. G. Dodds and N. G. Kinimel has 
regulah meetings at stated intervals and is giving much 
thought and planning to the Publishing Company's interests. 
Brother Stookey deserves special credit for pushing the com- 
pletion of the little building. The plans of the commitee and of 
the Business Manager require a total gift of not less than $5,- 
000.00 to take care of the little building and and other loan 
payments and the securing of badly needed equipment. Will 
you see that we get it? 



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CONTENTS 



Interesting Items 2 

Enduring Faith— Editorial— F. C. V 3 

"A Wartime Prayer" — Annabelle Merrifield 3 

The Choice of Saint Paul— Rev. L. V. King 4 

What Hath God Prepared ? — Rev. Freeman Ankrum 5 

Are Your Hands Clean ?— Charles E. Zunkel 6 

"The Neighborhood Gang"— Leila Elliott 7 

Through the Bible in a Year With Juniors — 

Dr. L. E. Lindower 8 

National Sunday School Association Missionary information 

— Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman 9 

Prayer Meeting Department — 

Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 9 

The Children's Story — Aunt Loretta 10 

First Bryson Bill Hearing Gives Wets a Jolt — 

Dr. J. R. Schmidt 11 

Wedding Announcement 11 

C. E. Topic for March 19th— Rev. W. S. Benshoflf 12 

Pennsylvania District News — Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 13 

News From Our Churches 13 

Ashland College News Letter — Arthur Petit 1.5 

Business Manager's Corner — George S. Baer 15 



INTERESTING ITEMS 

A NOTE COMES FROM BROTHER C. A. STEWART, 
pastor of the Bryan, Ohio Brethren Church, which tells of a 
fine surprise that was "cooked up" on him and his good wife 
a few days ago. But let Brother Stewart tell you about it: 

"A complete surprise was sprung on us last Friday eve- 
ning. We had a wedding anniversary and we were called to 
the Legion Hall and I was supposed to give a speech to some 
group. Well there wasn't any speech, for there were about 
125 of the church people gathered there — and such a dinner! 
Yum, yum! Then followed about an hour and a half of en- 
tertainment and fun. A neighbor who had traveled through 
Alaska, showed moving pictures of the scenery. This was in 
colors and was very beautiful. We were then presented with 
a lounging chair and ottoman, and a two-tier stand, a stand 
lamp and a dozen roses. It certainly makes one feel good 
after nearly 14 years of ser^'ice to have something like this 
happen to him." 

There was one thing Brother Stewart left out. He did not 
tell us how long. But the time element is not essential. May 
we add our congratulations. Brother and Sister Stewart. 



WE SEE FROM AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN "THE 
BRETHREN," Dayton's Monthly Reporter, that the Dayton 
Church has planned an Easter meeting with Dean M. A. 
Stuckey of Ashland Theological Seminary, as the speaker. 
Dean Stuckey will be in Dayton Good Friday through Easter 
Sunday. We also learn from this source that the Laymen 
had a great rabbit supper on January 15th, which was en- 
joyed by about forty men. The speaker was Joseph Jennings, 
recently returned from a Japanese prison camp. 

wmwm 

THE GOSHEN, INDIANA, BULLETIN of February 27th 
carries the announcement of their "Visitation Evangelism 
Campaign" which is on at this writing. Special speakers foi 
the campaign. Dean Stuckey, who spoke at the services of 
March 5th. Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith who will speak or' 
March 12th— 10:45, 2:00 and 7:30. Gilbert Dodds, America's 
No. 1 Amateur Athlete and Brethren Ministerial Student.i 
who will speak on March 19th — 10:45 and 4:00. Indiana! 
Churches please note. 

^^P^ 1 

THE FIFTH SESSION OF THE COMBINED Prayer am 
Study Class at the Ashland Brethren Church last Wednesday 
evening was again well attended and the growing interes 
shows that people are still interested in the fundamenta 
principles of the Word of God. Following the close of tht 
studies of definite Brethren doctrine in the first four classes|, 
Brother King began upon the general doctrines of the Bible 
taking up the specific Doctrine of God. About sixty wen 
again present. 



ATTENTION PASTORS 

Some time ago I sent a Christian Endeavor Ques- 
lionaire to you. I have not heard from all of you. 
Maybe you did not receive one; or perhaps you mis- 
placed it. If so, let me know and I will send you an- 
other one. I am awaiting to hear from your C. E. 

Cecil H. Johnson, Extension Director, 
Falls City, Nebraska. 



ENDURING FAITH 

I came across this paragraph recently in an "Ex- 
hange" magazine that comes to my desk and it set 
16 thinking. Here it is : 



Amid the reahsms of the scientific laboratoiy and 
mss production of mighty weapons for defense 
gainst the terrible might of enemies the fact of God 
nd love and immortality may, to some, seem illu- 
ory, and the ideals of the New Testament as unreal 
s a mirage. But to millions the New Testament has 
ome alive as the most realistic book in the world, 
'o these millions Christ is the most dependable fact 
f time. They know now that the most precious val- 
es of life cannot be logically proved. Here faith is 
he key to reality. 



There are at least four phases to the faith attitude 
f individuals. We might classify them as follows: 
. Blind faith ; 2. Child-like faith ; 3. Growing faith, 
nd 4. Strengthening faith. 
Blind faith believes and accepts anything; child- 
ke faith accepts things for their face value ; grow- 
ig faith examines the premises and accepts the true 
nd casts aside the spurious; and strengthening 
aith is all that growing faith is, plus a life which 
jecomes strong in attributes and attitudes to such 
In extent that this faith is imparted to others. 
We receive with blhul faith those things which are 
npossible of understanding, things in the material 
ealm that we contact each day, things which we 
ither cannot or do not try to understand — the work- 
igs of nature; the use of the electric current; the 
ise and fall of the wind, and kindred subjects. And 
pst because we do not completely understand these 
hings we do not cast them aside and fail to take 
idvantage of them. ' ■ • 

When a child is born into this world he must re- 
sive his parents as his sustainers and protectors 
ith a "blind faith" because he has no alternative. 
;ut as he comes to the time of understanding and 
Dmprehension his faith becomes "child-like" — not 
lind faith, but an inquiring faith. For "faith is the 
ibstance of things hoped for ; the evidence of things 
ot seen." And Jesus says, that unless we receive 
[im as does a little child — child-like faith — we shall 
1 no wise enter into the kingdom. One does not 
eed to be childish to have a child-like faith. 
Even as a child receives in simple faith and then 
rows and grows in knowledge, so will a child-like 



faith in our Lord and His nearness make us to "grow 
in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Sav- 
ior Jesus Christ." 

A growing faith is an inspiring faith. We read in 
Acts — "These received the word with readiness of 
mind and searched the scriptures daily, whether 
those things were so." Not that their faith was less 
— but rather that it was more. A new day that does 
not find a Christian's faith stronger is a day lost. 
Peter says, "Add to your faith virtue, knowledge, 
temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness 
and love. But note that it all begins with FAITH and 
is a growing process. 

Growth always means increased strength. So a 
growing faith soon waxes strong and we are 
"strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner 
man" by Christ "dwelling in our hearts by faith" 
and thus we become "rooted and grounded in love" 
and can then "comprehend with all saints what is 
the breadth and length and depth and height" of the 
love of God. 

Such strengthened faith is sure to have its influ- 
ence on those around us. Our strengthening faith 
becomes a power to strengthen others. It is thus that 
we may say with Paul, "And the life which I now 
live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, 
who loved me and gave himself for me." 
I F. C. V. 

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A WARTIME PRAYER 

For these, now answering a stifled cry, 
In lonely other lands; on war-tossed sea; ' ' 
And winging ones who silver-thread the sky, 
My prayer goes up to Thee : 

Father of all, compassionate as kind, 
Replace bewilderments and black despair 
With inner-calm and peace. Help them to find 
The "Rock of Ages" there. 

— Annabelle Merrifield. 



OHIO PASTORS, PLEASE NOTE 

You have already noted the arrangements for the 
Pastor's Institute at Ashland, Ohio, sponsored by the 
Ashland Seminary, under the dates of April 11, 12 
and 13. Ohio pastors are urged to attend in lieu of 
the Spring Ministerium usually held in Ashland. 

Signed: J. G. Dodds, President 

Ohio Ministerium Association 



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The Choice of Saint Paul 



Rev. L. V. Kins 



Of the men selected in these series of articles, St. 
Paul's choice is the most outstanding. In fact, his 
choice is one of the most unique of the entire Bible. 
For here we have a very highly educated, moral man 
making choice of that which he once so bitterly per- 
secuted and opposed. In fact Paul made two great 
choices in his life. First he determined to become a 
Hebrew of the Hebrews; to keep the law perfectly, 
and he boasts of his accomplishments along this line. 
His second choice was to become a Christian and 
Missionary of the cause of Christ. However we 
might rightly say that he chose the first and the 
second chose him. Perhaps he stands alone in the 
New Testament in being thrust into the second 
choice even against his own will. Yet his own will 
did play an important part in the choice. And, I be- 
lieve, it meets its first challenge at the stoning of 
Stephen. From that time on Paul must have seen 
things in a different light. God was preparing him 
for the Damascus vision. 

In his first choice he determined to win as high 
a place as possible. And so under the most able 
teacher of his time, Gamaliel, he did reach a high 
place. Yet we can truly say he misunderstood the 
real meaning and purpose of the Jewish Law. He de- 
termined to live it according to the Letter of the 
Law and not the Spirit. Hence his savage work of 
persecution of those he felt were against the Law. 
When once he was converted and his own will broken 
and mind truly enlightened he saw the Old Testa- 
ment in its true light. And he was a big enough man 
to accept with all his strength that which he once 
opposed with all his strength. 

And he made this choice knowing full well what 
it would mean in the way of persecution for his owoi 
life. He knew what his former teacher would say. 
What the leaders of the Jewish Law would say. He 
knew too what his own friends and kin would say. 
In view of all this we certainly can say that his 
choice was one that was out and out. He came all 
the way. No half way Gospel for Paul as it was no 
half way Law for him. "This one thing I do," ex- 
presses his new choice. So every ounce of strength 
he had was used toward the accomplishing of this 
goal, namely the "calling of God in Christ Jesus." 
Here was a calling he could not evade. And when 
once he understood it he accepted it with all his 
strength. 

So we can see clearly in the life of St. Paul how 
definitely choices change the entire trend of a man's 



life. What if Paul had remained in his first choice 
His name might have gone down in Hebrew histor; 
but it never would have gone down in Christian hii 
tory. He would not have been known as the greate; 
Bible writer, the greatest apostle, the greatei 
Church organizer and the greatest missionary of a 
time. And in his Jewish prejudice he never woul 
have healed broken hearts. 

Now look into your own individual life and e: 
amine certain choices you have made. A certai 
choice led you into a certain place and a certain kir 
of work and life. What if you had made a differei 
choice at that particular time. Of course you cai 
not now tell where it might have led you. How iri 
portant after all our choices become. 

Let us, therefore, always choose carefully, wisel; 
prayerfully. Then whatever may come we may sti 
feel that God was leading. That the way taken w; 
his way for our lives. And if you are doing the be' 
you can in that way you will feel a sense of sati 
faction that will encourage your life onward and fo 
ward. 

The choice of a life companion; the amount >' 
schooling you shall take; where you shall recei' 
your training; the kind and the amount of trainii 
you shall receive, all will have an important bearii 
upon your future life. But more than these is tl 
choice Paul had to make, whether to follow his ov\\ 
way and desire, or to follow in the way Chri' 
planned for him. You cannot face a more importa: 
choice. ' 

Many people today are like the surge of the se 
"driven by the wind and tossed to and fro." The 
lives are restless, unsettled, moving, toiling, b 
without purpose. They have never found the oi 
force in life that brings together all the other fore 
which come into their lives. They make choices b 
not with a purpose — a goal. They do not thii 
through. They do not take the facts of life and wea 
them into a purpose. They do not reach forward I 
something tangible, vital, real. 

Paul's statement, "This one thing I do" ought 
become a reality to all who desire to serve Chri 
and the world of mankind. So study again Pau 
choice and let it become a challenge to your own li: 

— Ashland, Ohio. 

Faith and works are like the light and heat of a can(3 
they can not be separated. — ^Anonymous. 



March 11, 1944 



What Hath God Prepared? 



Rev. Freeman Ankrum 



It would seem that when we as a people have come 
through the season of sowing and reaping, with the 
spectre of want far from our doors, there ought to 
be a returning of thanks and grateful praise to the 
one who hath made all these things possible. 

Jesus spoke one day in the summing of His teach- 
ings on the Parable of the Rich Fool, that the Lilies 
were clothes in glorious raiment, and without con- 
templation on their own part. The great king, Solo- 
mon with access to material from all lands and the 
best artisans and craftsmen of his time, was a sec- 
ond in the matter of the splendor of his adorning. 
The flowers with the grass, pass with the season. 
Man is a higher creation than the plant or animal, 
with every opportunity and safeguards thrown 
around him, and as far as the writer knows, the 
only one of God's creation given to the questionable 
art of worrying. The anxiety of the Christian may, 
perhaps, be an indication of small faith. Jesus says, 
seek not what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, 
neither be of doubtful mind. Rather seek ye the king- 
dom of God and all these things shall be added unto 
yon. 

When God created man. He did not take a long 
trip and forget the work of His hands. It was man 
who started on a long trip down the road of Cain. 
This was foreknown to God who had supplied One 
who should in the course of time come down to walk 
that road in search of the ones who had essayed to 
go the wrong way. When God prepared the physical 
of man, he prepared the ground to furnish all things 
necessary for that type of existence. Man being con- 
structed on a higher level, than the animal kingdom 
surrounding him, had also a preparation for his 
Spiritual. Man was not cast adrift in the morning of 
his creation without safeguards, or instructions of 
any kind. His instructions were full and complete, 
and when man chose a way not prepared for him, he 
brought an order upon himself to vacate his Edenic 
home. 

I God's word is full of prepared leaders and protect- 
|ing walls. Instead of wiping out man in his entirety, 
God taught Noah how to build a boat and saved a 
remnant to make a new start. While even after such 
iprovidential manifestations as Noah received, it was 
still found that the way down had not lost its appeal. 
The race covered much of the earth, and as they 
spread over the land there came to them the idea of 
independence from the one who had even permitted 
[them to encumber the earth. God prepared a man, 
who had no idea of the task that lay before him, 
to go out and begin a new race as it were and become 



the Father of a mighty people. Abraham thought no 
doubt when God called him that the most of life re- 
maining for him was memories of other days. 

But God does not call people and then forget them. 
He differs from numerous people who have named 
His name and then forget Him until trouble and dis- 
aster comes. When Abraham stumbled, God sup- 
ported him. When his eyes could not see the next 
step, he was gently led by the unfailing hand. In the 
passing of time their cries ascended to God from the 
slime pits of Egypt, where the Israelites were work- 
ing in their task of brick making. No doubt as they 
labored to build some of the treasure cities of an- 
other's land, they felt little enthusiasm for their 
task. As their labors became more onerous, their 
cries waxed louder and louder to the one whom they 
could not see but in whom they had Faith, the God 
of Abraham. 

TAs they labored and cried, all unknown to them 
God was educating one to lead from slavery to free- 
dom. Moses was being prepared as the one who 
should escort them from the swish of the task mas- 
ter's lash to a land in much of which they would 
hear no voices but the voices of their own kind, and 
much of that in the form of mutterings and com- 
plaints. Though they failed God, He did not fail them. 
The desert wanderings, as a result of their unfaith- 
fulness, was not without a guide. 

Finally they were brought back to the land, which 
had been intended for their feet forty years ago. 
Here God again manifests His good will and pre- 
pared the way before them with perhaps a minimum 
of effort on their part. From wanderers to a mighty 
Nation, then through a division of the Nation; more 
attention to idols than to the living God who had led 
and cared for them, finally to result in bringing the 
tramp of enemy hosts to their land. 

Zedekiah failed to give heed to the word of the 
Lord as spoken by the Prophet Jeremiah and was 
brought a prisoner by the Babylonian army to Neb- 
uchadnezzar, who forced Zedekiah to witness to the 
execution of his own sons, following which his eyes 
were destroyed. In groping blindness he spent the 
remaining days of his life. Had his Spiritual eyes 
been willing to remain open, he would not have lost 
his physical eyes. 

The world was apparently going on in its way 
forgetful of God. The Arts of the time, the Religion 
of the age, and the Laws of the land were in a deca- 
dent stage when in the course of time God sent forth 
His Son to prepare man for the world that shall be 



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when the Age in which we live shall have passed 
away. The world was as near a peaceful stage when 
Jesus came, as perhaps it has ever been since. 

Preparation is a part of God. When God did His 
best in sending His own Son, and man did his worst 
in slaying that Son, God still left Him the task of 
preparation. Jesus said to His sorrowing Disciples, 



"I go to prepare a place for you." So may we infe: 
that Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people 
Some day He is coming back again, for He said, "an( 
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again 
and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ther* 
ye may be also." 

— Masontown, Pa. 



Bre l^our IHanbs Clean? 



Cbarlee )£. Zuukel 



Probably every one of us has heard his mother 
say when he wanted to help set the table for a meal, 
"Are your hands clean?" If your child sets the table 
and handles the food with dirty hands, it may make 
someone sick by spreading disease germs. And that 
is serious. But liow much more serious it is if you 
and I who handle the living bread do not have clean 
hands. It matters not whether we occupy some office 
or position in the church or church school. Each of 
us, as a Christian, is called to dispense the living 
bread. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world"; 
then he followed it by saying, "Ye are the light of 
the world." He said also that we are "the salt of the 
earth." 

As Christians, and especially as leaders in the 
church, we are to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. 
Christ's appeal was unlike that of other religious 
leaders and founders in that he said, "Follow me," 
"Be like me," "Do as I do." We, then, are called with 
Paul to say, "Be ye imitators of me, even as I also 
am of Christ." But are my hands clean? Are your 
hands clean? 

A teacher once influenced a pupil to go each week 
with her and her husband to see the movies. It didn't 
matter just what movie; any one sufficed. It was 
against the wishes of the parents of the pupil, but 
it went on until a new consecration came in that life 
and the practice was given up. Possibly a major 
portion of the shows that pupil saw were not fit to be 
seen. Impressions were made that left a permanent 
stain upon the life. Another teacher, realizing that 
the pupils of her Sunday school class were watching 
to see what sort of example she was setting about 
the movies, said, "I used to go to shows. But if I 
go to chosen shows, how do I know that my girls will 
do the same? I am giving up the movies altogether." 
Are your hands clean? 

A minister began advertising cigarettes in his 
daily newspaper which served the community. Quar- 
ter-page and half-page ads began coming out. Boys 
of the community, having been taught that the use 
of tobacco was wrong, began to say, "Well if Rev. 

can advertise them, we can smoke them." 

The upshot of it all was that another minister of the 
community talked with the editor-minister. But 



nothing was accomplished. The editor argued tha 
the advertising was an answer to prayer, and finall; 
concluded with the argument that to smoke or t' 
drink was no test of one's Christianity. I have knowi 
ministers, deacons, and others who have quit th 
habit of smoking when they realized the responsibiliti 
upon their shoulders and the influence they wer- 
casting. Are your hands clean ? 

Where are the places in which you spend you 
leisure time, your free evenings, your spare hours 
Are they spent in night clubs, poolrooms, saloons 
roadhouses, or gambling places? I have seen mem 
bers of my congregation go into the saloon and si 
up at the bar, waiting for their drink to be sei'vec 
It pains a pastor deeply to know that some of hi 
members are frequenting night clubs, or saloons 
that they are getting drunk, that immorality is ex 
isting, and broken homes are soon to follow. Eac 
of us is casting an influence. A father, one morr 
ing, is said to have been leaving his home throug 
the newly-fallen snow, going to the corner saloo 
for his morning drink. He was arrested in his wal 
by the calling of his small son. Turning about h 
saw the little fellow trying his best to step in hi 
father's big tracks. He said, "Daddy, I'm comin 
in your tracks." The father turned around and wer 
home without his drink, realizing that this little fe 
low was not only following in his tracks in the snovi 
but as well in his steps as a drunkard. Are you 
hands clean? 

Someone has recently said, "You cannot carry thi 
torch without some of the light falling on you." Who 
ever you are and wherever you serve, you are see 
most readily in the crowd as one who professes t 
follow Christ. The light is falling on you. How man 
look wistfully to the church, expecting help in thei' 
need, but turn away disappointed, because somn 
body's hands are not clean? 

It may be that it is the habit of criticizing, or c 
gossiping. I discover that it does not take very su 
perior intelligence to find fault or criticize. Bv 
sometimes it takes a great deal of wisdom to offe 
a constructive suggestion. People are not attracts 
to a church by the faultfinding of its members. Wh^ 
anyone should think he can bitterly criticize his ow»| 



March 11, 1944 



church to non-Christians with the expectation of 
doing it good is more than I can understand. Gossip 
creates heartaches beyond all our imagining. Prov- 
erbs 26 :20-21 ought to help us when we are tempted. 
Someone has said, "Let your speech be better than 
silence, or be silent." Are your hands clean? 

Are you jealous and self-seeking? Preachers get 
that way, too, when they get away fi'om their Lord. 
Some one is peeved because he is dropped from some 
position in the church which he has held and glori- 
fied for a long time. But other need a chance to serve, 
also. Why should we seek our own personal glory or 
position? It is enough if we serve Christ where he 
needs us, and we receive his "well done." Are your 
hands clean? 

VVe might go on and on and mention other sins 
that disrupt or hinder the work for Christ. But what 
is the solution? It is to be found in the words of 
Jesus in His high priestly prayer, as it is sometimes 
called. He was thinking of the future. Would the 
work carry on, even in His physical absence? Then 
He prays, "It is for their sakes that I consecrate my- 
self." What does it mean? Well, it meant time apart 
at the beginning of His ministry in preparation. He 
spent time in the wilderness, getting His purposes 
straight. Then, it meant time apart, again, in keep- 
ing them straight. Paul, too, you remember, is sup- 
posed to have spent time in Arabia in preparation. 
But you may not be able to do that. We can, how- 
ever, take time enough to get our purposes straight. 
Suppose we ask, "Why am I serving Christ? Cer- 
tainly it is not for my glory. It is for His. Not to 
seek any acclaim of men ; only to hear, 'Well done.' " 
That will save much complaining and unhappiness 
for us, if we get that straight. Or suppose we ask, 
"Do I have any personal ambition in this?" We dare 
not have. We will get all confused and lose our way, 
if we do. We labor for Him, because we love Him. 
Let us get that straight. It is not done for the preach- 
er we now have, or the Sunday School Superintend- 
ent we now have — it is for Christ. Then the preacher 
can move away, or a new Superintendent can be 
elected, and the work will go right on. I can never 
bring myself to ask for the personal loyalty of my 
people, much as that might be comforting. That loy- 
alty belongs to Christ. Are your hands clean ? 

To consecrate one's self means prayer and fel- 
lowship. We need to know Him and to know His 
will. That is absolutely necessary. There is no other 
way than through prayer and fellowship. We are 
like light bulbs. We do not shine unless the current — • 
the Spirit — flows in. But it cannot flow in when the 
connection is broken. Prayer must keep the contact. 
Prayer and fellowship are your powerhouse ; do not 
neglect them. Are your hands clean? 

To consecrate one's self means being careful to 
disappoint no one. Because you are a torch-bearer, 
because every Christian is, the light is falling on you. 



Are your habits, your pleasures, your loves, your 
acts all they should be? Are your hands clean. Let 
us say with Jesus, "It is for their sake I consecrate 
myself." — The Gospel Messenger. 

§n§n§ 

THE NEIGHBORHOOD GANG 

In the vacant lot on the corner. 
Our gang used to gather and play, 
But now they've all grown up and gone — 
Some of them far away. 

The service flags in the windows 
Show just who has gone to fight — 
Those who've left their loved ones, 
To die for w'hat is right. 

Bill has joined the navy; 
Tom likes his fight in the air; 
And Jack was with the first marines — 
That landed over there. 

There is Red, the neighborhood bully, 
Who pulled the little girls' hair, 
Now he's reported missing — 
Missing — somewhere out there. 

And out where the fighting's thickest, 
Out where things are tough, 
Is our little Jane — an army nurse — 
Taking the worst of the rough. 

Sue gave up her office job, 
To do her bit for the war — 
She lost her soldier husband, 
Now she's evening up the score. 

Betty and Marge have joined the WAGS; . 
And Mary is now a WAVE, 
There girls who were once called "giddy," 
Have shown that their hearts are brave. 

Some day we'll have a reunion, 

But there'll be many an empty chair, 

For those who didn't make it back — 

Who'll be left away out there. "■ • ■ 

And now as we look at the vacant lot, 
We see children playing once more. 
And it brings back fondest mem'ries, 
Of the days before the war. 

We see a different neighborhood gang. 
What will their future hold ? 
Will they be ruled by a dictator's hand, 
Or will their hearts be free and bold? 

We answer that, for each of us knows, 
That we're fighting to save that lot. 
So the children can play in peace again, 
And of right and freedom be taught. . - . 

Leila Elliott. 

"God asks for persons, and turns them into personalities." 
He asked for Simon the fisherman and transformed him into 
Peter the outstanding leader; He laid hold on Dwight L. 
Moody, the salesman, and made him into a man of spiritual 
power. On Trinity Sunday we re\ded our theology; but daily 
the Triune God invites us to His Evangelism, with threefold 
unctio. The So nbears witness of the Father, and the Spirit 
of the Son. We, in the triune likeness, should likewise "bear 
%vitness." 



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DR. W. I. DUKER 
President 



DEAN M. A. STUCKEY 
Treasurer 




"Teaching them to observe all things LDhatso<:-vcr ! have commandi:d you.' 



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REV. E. L. MILLER 
Vice President 



REV N. V. LEATHERMAN 
General Secretary 



nR L F LINDOWER. Fducjtion.il Ditecror 



Through the Bible in a Tear With juniors 

Dr. L. E. Lindower, Educational Director 



All those interested in planning Bible study for 
Juniors, of a consecutive nature, will want to review 
this fine book, written by Ivy M. Moody. Consult the 
catalogue description on this page, and procure the 
book through the Brethren Publishing Company, to 
aid in giving Juniors a year of Bible training that 
is graded for their understanding and interest. 

The author has the following to say regarding the 
lessons: "This series of lessons was prepared with 
the thought of giving Juniors a general view of the 
Bible; and by choosing the most important events it 
is possible to go through the entire Bible in one year, 
beginning preferably in October." 

At the beginning of the book is a fine "Preview of 
the Books of the Bible." This presents the names of 
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each Book, all at one glance. The main part of the 
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and test as the thir- 

teenth. Following these 
there is a catalogue of 
Daily Bible Readings, for 
each day of the year. 
This comprises a portion 
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Juniors, but there is also 
a "Home Work Section," 
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for each lesson. These 
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The first lesson of the book will illustrate how well 
it is adapted to the Junior age, and how true it is to 
the Scriptures. The first item is the "Story Out- 
line." It opens thus, "The first thing the Bible tells 
us is how God created the heavens and the earth. 
In six days He created the heavens, the earth, the 
seas, all the plants and animals, and man whom He 
called Adam. Then He planted the Garden of Eden 
for Adam to live in. But God felt that it was not 
good for the man to live alone, so he caused a deep 
sleep to fall upon him and took one of his ribs from 
which he made woman, whom Adam called Eve . . ." 
This outline completes briefly the story of "The Cre- 
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Next follows a series of twenty questions and an- 
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(1) What is the first thing the Bible tells about?" 
— ^Answer, How the earth was created. (2) Who cre- 
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are treated. Each lesson is presented in story outline, questions 
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the heavens and the earth and all the plants and ani- 
mals, what did He do? — Answer, He created man, 
whom He called 'Adam.' (4) How long did it take 

God to create the earth? Answer, Six days. (5) 

How did He create Eve Answer, He caused a deep 

sleep to come upon Adam. Then, while he slept, God 
took one of Adam's ribs and from it made Eve." 

The third and last section of each lesson is the 
"Application" : — "God is a loving God and has given 
us this whole world to enjoy. He made the beautiful 
flowers for us to see, and has given us eyes with 
which to see them . . . God also wants us to obey our 
earthly parents just as we should obey Him ..." 

The two questions based on this lesson in the quar- 
terly test are: — ^"(1) Who created the earth, and 
how long did it take to create it? and (2) Why were 
Adam and Eve driven from the Garden of Eden?" 
In the lesson there is a small picture showing an ar- 
tist's conception of the pair being driven from the 
Garden, and the flaming sword of the Cherubim 
guarding it. 

The "Home Work" sheet for this lesson asks the 
Junior to find the following verses and copy them in 
the spaces provided: — Matt. 4:23; I Thess. 5:17; 
Mark 1:11; H Cor. 4:17; Luke 1:37; Col. 3:2; John 
1:36; Phil. 4:13; Acts 1:9. Thus the Junior gets ac- 
quainted with his Bible besides learning the first 
story of the Scriptures. The daily Bible readings for 
the first week are all in Matthew. There is therefore 
no monotony in studying too long in one place. 

The author has shown a rare insight into the needs 
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The Present or Eternity 

A certain professor of religion was one day i-iding along 
on a streetcar in a great city when they passed a fine new 
church building, and a fellow passenger remarked, "If these 
Christians would stop building churches and give money to 
the poor it would be much more to their credit." 

"I have heard of a similar remark before," was the quiet 
rejoinder. 

"Indeed, and by whom, may I ask?" 

"By Judas Iscariot!" 

Men who begrudge the action of those who love their Lord 
are always thinking of some way to spend the means in 
things that minister to the present life rather than to the 
manifestation of love to God, and they seldom do anything 
a all for the souls of men. 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Sussested Outlines 

Lesson 59 
Subject: Martha of Bethany 

1. Jesus loved to go to the home of Mary, Martha and Laz- 
arus. There were, perhaps, many reasons for this. First, Je- 
sus worked hard and became very weary. No one knows any 
better than a teacher that teaching is really hard work. When 
Jesus became very tired He liked to go to a quiet place to 
rest. Second, Martha's quiet well-ordered house no doubt ap- 
pealed to him. The fresh cleanliness of the place was restful. 
Then, too, Martha was a good cook. Jesus in his strong young 
manhood got hungry, of course, and enjoyed Martha's excel- 
lent food. Third, Jesus had a good listener at this home. 
Mary sat at his feet and listened with rapt attention to his 
words. Mary was not wanting a favor of Him. She wanted 
only to learn of Him. Then there was Lazarus in the back- 
ground; Lazarus, whom He loved. Who could want a better 
place to rest from his labors ? Luke 10 :38-39. 

2. When Jesus came into this Bethany home, Martha has- 
tened to serve Him. But Mary sat and listened. She became 
lost in His heavenly discourses. Everyone loves a good lis- 
tener. And Mary appealed to Jesus more strongly than did 
Martha. Matthew 6:25. 

3. It is true that Jesus rebuked Martha. Some folks have 
wondered about that. Now listen to the reason for the re- 
buke. Martha was cumbered with much serving. I know some 
folks now who are cumbered with much serving. There are 



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folks who feel justified in missing the regular church service 
if there is to be a family gathering, or even company. Those 
follis are cumbered with much serving and need to be re- 
buked. Martha not only kept herself from the sermon Jesus 
was preaching, but she tried to keep Mary from listening. 
She even whined to Him about it like a school girl. Jesus 
did not tell Martha it was wrong for her to keep her house 
spotless. lie did not even command her to do as Mary was 
doing. He knew the world could not get along without the 
Marthas. The thing He rebuked her for was for valuing her 
own earthly virtues more highly than she valued Mary'.s 
heavenly virtues. Luke 10:40-4;2. 

4. In her ceaseless activity, Martha looked down upon her 
sister's quiet, peaceful spirit. She had no right to do that. 
Services of mercy are highly desirable. God hath need of 
that. Let us notice that Martha's service was unselfish. She 
wasn't doing for her own family, but for the Lord. Let us 
be careful not to class ourselves as Marthas when we spend 
our time all for ourselves and our families. The Marthas min- 
ister to the needy and to the physical needs of the Man of 
God. Sometimes we think we could use more Marthas in the 
church as well as more Marys. Matthew 10:41. 

5. Let it be observed that Jesus cared for Martha just the 
same as He did for Mary. John 11:5. 

6. About a year later Lazarus died. The sisters sent for 
Jesus, and when He came, Martha ran to meet Him. Her faith 
was sure. She said, "I know." (Not I liope, but I know). I 
know he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 
Jesus then preached one of His most profound sermons to 
Martha, — an audience of one. He said, "I am the resurrectioii 
and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, 
yet shall he live." John 11:19-25. 

7. Then the Lord asked Martha if she believed "that who- 
soever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die." Martha's 
answer is equal to the great confession as stated by St. Peter. 
She said: "Yea, Lord; I believe that thou art the Christ, the 
Son of God which should come into the world." There is cer- 
tainly nothing lacking in Martha's knowledge or her attitude 
now. John 11:26, 27. 

8. I like to think that Martha took to heart her Lord's re- 
buke of a year ago. I think she really took an inventory of 
herself, and set things right in her life by putting first things 
first. She did not feel resentful and harbor a spirit of hate 
in her life. She didn't lay sinister plans by which she could 
as soon as possible have another preacher take this one's 
place — one would not reprimand her for her shortcomings. 
I think that year was one of real spiritual growth for Mar- 
tha. And when her Lord came an this occasion, I think He 
found no fault in her. 

9. Not long after this, when Jesus was about to go to the 
cross. His friends at Bethany made Him a supper. Notice that 
Martha served. Yes, Martha was still she who loved to cook 
and serve. But there seems to be nothing lacking in her atti- 
tude now. For when Mary took time to anoint Jesus' feet 
instead of helping her, Martha said nothing. She had learned 
that there is more than one way to serve the Lord. Martha 
was not rebuked a year ago because she did her housework, 
but because she did only that. Martha had no objections now 
to Mary's spiritual service. Others objected, but not Martha. 
She ardently loved her Lord, and was loved by Him. John 
12:1-8. 

10. We are warned by the example of Martha, not to ig- 
nore the value of emotional life. There are those who are so 
proud of the things that they do in the world that they look 
down upon true devotion which makes no show. We must be 



careful not to underestimate the value of a life spent in 
meditation and prayer. Luke 10:42. 



The L,hildren's 
Story 




By 

Mrs. Lorettd Carrithers 

Superintendent 

Dear Children: 

"A Citizen of no mean city." — Acts 21:39. 

The Apostle Paul was proud of the fact that he was born 
in the city of Tarsus and that he was a Roman citizen. The 
laws of Rome protected him, at different times, when his 
enemies wanted to harm him. 

You and I are proud that we are American citizens, and are 
thankful, today, for our freedom and for the protection which 
we enjoy under the Stars and Stripes. Our country is taking 
care of us. I wonder if we are taking care of our country ? 

We should often ask ourselves what it means to be a good 
citizen. We answer this question by saying, "Be a One Hun- 
dred Percent American." Well, what does that mean? It 
means that every girl, boy, man, and woman ought to live in 
such a way that our country will be the best and safest place 
in the world to live in. 

In the Library of Congress at Washington, D. C, this verse 
from the Bible is carved, "What doth the Lord require of 
thee but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly 
with thy God." 

When the great American, Theodore Roosevelt, sent a 
message to the boys overseas during the World War No. 1 
he wrote these same words. 

When Warren G. Harding, at his inauguration as presi 
dent, took the oath of office he placed his hand upon this 
text. 

If we live up to the scriptures we will be "One Hundred 
Percent Americans." 

There are three things which every good citizen should do. 

The First is to Vote. I am sorry to say that there are 
many who do not. Some are indifferent, some too busy, and 
some say it doesn't make much difference whether they dd 
or not. Girls and boys, it is one of the most important rights 
of a citizen. It is the only way we have in our country oJ 
saying whom we want for our rulers. I hope that every childi 
when he reaches voting age, will be anxious to cast his bal- 
lot for the best man or woman who will stand for the right 
We want the finest officials we can get, 

If a citizen does not vote he has no right to criticise thtj 
the outcome of an election. It is the duty of a "One Hundreii 
Percent American" to Vote as he or she thinks is right. 

The Second is to Obey the Laws. Today there are so manj 
people who are breaking the laws, and some of them eve' 
think it a smart thing to do so. They are not good citizen; 
They do more harm than good. Laws are made for the bes 
interests of every one. If we do not keep them we are hurtin 



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ourselves and others. "One Hundred Percent Americans" obey 
the laws and set the example for others. Then too, they don't 
shut their eyes when some are disregarding the laws. We 
must not only keep the laws but help the officers to enforce 
them. 

Some people say, "It isn't any of my business." They are 
wrong, 'this is ray land and yours, and we must see to it 
that her laws are observed. 

The Third is Go to Church. The Church is the best organ- 
ization in our country which is trying to make our nation 
better. It is teaching and preaching about the things God 
wants citizens to do. It holds up high ideals. If it were not 
for the churches this would be an unsafe place in which to 
live. 

It is the duty of all "One Hundred Percent Americans" to 
attend on Sunday, to support it, and to work for it at all 
times. It is God's Church; we are God's children; and we 
should belong to God's Church. Then all of our citizens would 
be "One Hundred Percent Americans" and we would be God's 
nation, for the Bible says, "Blessed is the nation whose God 
is the Lord and the people whom he hath chosen for his own 
inheritance." 

To be good citizens we must seek God through the Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



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FIRST BRY.SON BILL HEARING GIVES WETS A JOLT 

By Dr. J. Raymond Schmidt 

General Superintendent, National Civic League 

Our national lawmakers can no longer claim that the peo- 
ple back home are not interested in the liquor problem, 
"otherwise we would hear from them on the subject." They 
spoke out emphatically last month as the time approached 
for opening the hearings on the Bryson bill (H. R. 2082) for 
the enactment of wartime prohibition to stop absenteeism 
due to drinking sprees, conserve grain and sugar, release ship- 
ping space and free those engaged in the liquor business for 
essential occupations. 

On January 14th the Associated Press released a dispatch 
to the effect that Chairman Sam Hobbs of the House Ju- 
diciary Subcommittee, which held the initial hearing on the 
Bryson bill the day previous, had been swamped with 100,000 
letters demanding the bill's early enactment. A vivid descrip- 
tion was given of "weary clerks in his office segregating 
thousands of letters" to the neglect of routine business. 

A member of Congress from a Midwestern State told the 
writer that his office had easily received a thousand letters 
in favor of the Bryson bill. Doubtless every member of the 
House heard from constituents favoring wartime prohibition. 
An average of only 230 letters per Congressman indicates 
that the House of Representatives received an additional 
100,000 making a grand total of 200,000 or more letters de- 
manding that the waste caused by the liquor traffic be 
stopped for the duration of the war. Naturally this estimate 
does not include the flood of letters received by the Senators. 
Another evidence of public interest in the Bryson bill was 
the capacity crowd that gathered for the opening hearing 
on January 13th. The wets derived small comfort from this 
display of militant sentiment. That probably accounts for 
Representative Michael A. Feighan, Democrat of Ohio and 
;wet member of the subcommittee, taking the floor in the 
House after the hearing was over and declaring "prohibition 



rears its ugly head again to divide the American people at a 
time when unity is our greatest need." 

Representative Emanuel Cellar, Democrat of New York 
and bitter foe of prohibtion, likewise sees "the handwriting 
on the wall." He promptly issued a statement to the press 
warning that "the nation had better take heed" because "the 
drys are working like beavers" to bring back prohibition. He 
frankly stated that the House Judiciary Committee, of which 
he is a member, might approve the Bryson bill to restore 
prohibition for the duration of the war "unless the right 
thinking people of the nation bestir themselves and make 
their influence felt." 

The witnesses at this hearing were limited to dry leaders 
from out of town who had come to Washington for a meet- 
ing of the Executive Committee of the National Temperance 
and Prohibition Council. Dr. D. Leigh Colvin, Prohibition 
presidential nominee in 1936; Mrs. Ida B. Wise Smith, presi- 
dent of the National W. C. T. U.; Dr. Wilbur L. Dubois, Mil- 
waukee chemical engineer and food chemist; Dr. George W. 
Crabbe, president of the National Temperance and Prohibi- 
tion Council; W. Earl Hotalen of the Alabama Temperance 
Alliance; Dr. H. H. Parish of the Minnesota Temperance 
Movement and Dr. John Coleman of the Reformed Presby- 
terian Church, addressed the subcommittee in behalf of the 
Bryson bill. 

Before adjournment. Chairman Hobbs announced that later 
hearings would be held at which "everybody who cares to 
speak will have the opportunity." The date for the resump- 
tion of said hearings had not been announced at the time of 
dropping this release in the mailbox. 

In the meantime. Congress should be constantly reminded 
that one effective way of winning the war is to stop the co- 
lossal waste inherent in the manufacture, transportation and 
sale of alcoholic beverages. Letters and more letters will be 
necessary to keep Senators and Representativs alert as to 
the need and timeliness of the Bryson bill, or similar legisla- 
tion, seeking to hasten victory and the return of our boys 
from the battleelds around the world. Christian citizen, lose 
no time in writing your Senators and Congressmen as to 
where you stand on this important issue! 



^bbixiG, ^ttjtmtttr:em:ent 



BRYANT-BUNCH. On Monday evening, February 14, 1!»44, 
Petty Officer s/s Harland H. Bryant and Miss Lois J. Bunch 
were united in marriage at the Ardmore Heights Brethren 
Church, South Bend, Indiana. Both Mr. Bryant and his bride 
are members of the Brethren Church. 

The double ring ceremony was read by their pastor, the 
undersigned. We wish for them a long life of usefulness in 
this new relationship. 

A. E. Whitted. 

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VALUE OF WORSHIP 

When we are asked to sit still we are likely to become self- 
conscious, but when we are given something to do, we forget 
ourselves. Notice how much more at ease a congregation is 
when singing than when it is merely listening. Too much ot 
our worship is passive; we sit and try to soak up something 
which somebody else is doing for us. This is a second-hand 
experience and largely futile. Worship should be an act; we 
should do it for ourselves. It should be our hymn, our re- 
sponse, our prayer. The more a congregation participates, the 
less self-conscious will it be. — John R. Scotford in The Chris- 
tian Advocate. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff/ Topic Editor 

"Toptoa coprrlghtvd by U)« iDtanutioiul Sodetj at CbtiMtivx ^uleATOr. 
UMd by peimiBflon." 



Topic for March 19, 1944 

"WHAT IS SIN?" 

Scripture: 1 John 3:4; 5:17; Romans 3:9-26 

For The Leader 

It is no secret that tonight we are dealing with a subje,;t 
which is not very popular today. Yet it is so universal that 
everyone is afflicted with it. Sin is not very popular because 
most people do not like what the word means. It is our 
intent and purpose to learn just what sin is and how it 
affects us. Also we want to learn something about the rem- 
edy for sin. 

First of all, where did sin begin? In Isaiah 14:12, we read 
of the fall of Lucifer the beautiful, from Heaven, and a 
third of the angels with him. The cause was pride. He wanted 
to become greater than God. This Lucifer became the Devil. 
The angels with him became the devil's angels. We know 
well the story from then on: the creation of Adam and Eve, 
then the tempting of Eve by the Devil, and ensuing fall 
into sin. By one man, Adam, sin entered into the natural 
nature of man where it remains unchanged until changed by 
the grace of Jesus Christ. All of us have sinned. Let us 
learn its nature and its remedy. 

DISCUSSION 

1. SIN IS DISOBEDIENCE. Adam and Eve disobeyed 
God, eating of the tree of which they were told not to eat. 
They disobeyed God and shortchanged themselves. For in thus 
sinning, though it was pleasurable at the time, they lost 
their happiness in paradise. How often today we have short- 
changed ourselves in stealing the pleasures of the world, only 
to find that we have lost our right to happiness. Young peo- 
ple who love to dance and drink and engage in doubtful past- 
times always sooner or later find themselves the losers. 
What's more, they have committed an offence against Al- 
mighty God for tlie misuse of their bodies. 

Sin includes all forms of moral evil. When we desire to do 
the things which we know are morally wrong, then we are 
disobeying God. As we shall later see, this is the nature of 
the natural man, it is not the nature of the Christian. So the 
punishment for Christians who so sin will be even greater 
if they continue to do these things. We sin enough without 
wanting to and it behooves us to refrain from sinning will- 
ingly. 

2. SIN IS THE STATE OF BEING LOST. Sin takes two 
main forms in this respect. First, it is a state, or nature. 
Second, it is an act. By our nature as the descendants of 
Adam we are sinners. We were born sinners. We do not have 
to sin to be a sinner. This answers the argument of the good 
moral young person who declares that for them there is no 
sin because they live a good moral life. We are bom sinners 
by our inheritance. Of course we had nothing to do with 
that condition. Perhaps if we had had our way we would have 
been born without sin, but then think how lonesome we 
would be as a perfect person on earth. Little children are 
not held accountable for their natural sinful state until they 
reach the age of knowing right from wrong. From that age 



on they are responsible to God for their inherited disobe- 
dience. Our only hope is in the One who came to save that 
which was lost. 

3. SIN IS A DISEASE. The "germs" of sin lie dormant 
until the age of being able to know right from wrong. Then 
as the ray of the sun through a window reveals a multi- 
tude of dust particles in the air of a room, so God's right- 
eousness reveals to a man his own sinful disease. The disease 
was there all the time, ready to spring forth and take con- 
trol of a boy or girl. All too much today we see how this 
dreadful disease has taken its toll in the lives of other young 
people just like ourselves. If we have had good teaching at 
home and from our Pastor, we should be thankful that such 
has been the case. Then we must watch lest the things we 
do might open a way for these "germs" to ruin our lives. 
Let's not lower the "resistance" of our souls by exposing 
ourselves to pleasures of doubtful character. Remember that 
smarter people than we are have thought they could play 
with sin and win out. It has never yet been done. We should 
not see how much we can do in keeping up with the crowd. 
We should remember that we have been given the cure for 
the disease of sin. Then by this remembrance, seek to avoid 
contact with those things which will break open the disease 
again. 

4. SIN IS MAN'S WILL GIVEN WHOLLY OVER TO 
THE POWER OF EVIL. This world in which we live is run 
by power. We have electric power in our homes. Our armies 
operate on power. The earth spins on the power of the sun. 
We move our bodies on the power of the food we eat. So is 
our soul governed by power. The soul in its natural and 
unsaved state is run by the power of Evil, or Satan. He 
directs every move and every thought and every deed. He 
makes young people want to sin. He plots ways in which to 
send our souls to Hell. The innocent pleasures and customs 
of the day are his best methods. He does this because he has 
power over the hearts of young pepole. 

If we give in to these temptations we are in his power and 
shortly we will be committing sins we never dreamed of 
before. There is but one other power which we can have. But 
this one will enable us to completely overcome the power of 
Satan. It is the power of Christ. Christ in our life means 
Satan out of it. To get this power for righteousness we must 
yield our wills to Him. Whereas before our will was given 
wholly over to Satan, so now, if we want complete protection, 
we must give ourselves completely to Christ. And, too, if 
w'e have found pleasure in serving Christ we shall be satis- 
fied, and the life of the world will not bother us. When we 
reach this point, we have reached complete mastery over the 
Evil one. This is the life which is possible in Christ. 

5. SIN IS LUSTFUL DEEDS COMMITTED VOLUNTAR- 
ILY. These desires of the flesh spring directly from our evil 
will. yes, we may desire to do better, or even profess to 
be better than what we are. But deep down in us is that de- 
sire also, to do things which are forbidden. Yes, things which 
do not make a good Christian out of us. To put it frankly, it 
is our own selfish desire to sin. In other words, we want to 
sin. There is no other way to explain the conduct of some 
young people today. 

The essential principle of sin is selfishness. This causes 
us, for our own gratification and pleasure, to do things which 
God has told us not to do. Regardless of how it is called, it 
is still the lust of the flesh. There is only one way to over- 
come the lustful desires of the flesh, and that is to so fill our 
lives with the good things of God and the Church that there 
be no room for the desire to sin. Yes, we shall sin, no matter 
how righteous we are, for sinning is the nature of this body 



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in which we live. But that sinning need not be voluntary on 
our part. With a will dedicated to Christ we can overcome 
the temptations which come to us. 

6. WHAT DO YOU THINK SIN IS? Here's what we think 
it is. Sin is an inherited evil nature, unchangeable except by 
a personal faith in Christ as the Son of God and our sacrifice 
of sin. This sinful nature, unchanged, condemns us to an 
endless Hell. Sin is the voluntary desire of the individual to 
do wrong, catering to the lusts of the flesh. Sin is not a the- 
ory. It is a fact. Sin tears down the soul, and with it the 
body. There are no big sins. A sinful life is made up of the 
pursuit of many apparently innocent little things. Sin sepa- 
rates us from God. Christ offers us pardon from sin. He 
offers us freedom from sin. His death and resurrection did 
that. What, now, are we doing with Jesus? If we reject Him, 
we shall perish for our sins. If we accept Him, and live with 
Him on earth, he will present us faultless before God. Which 
is where we must be if we want to enjoy eternal happiness 
and joy in heaven. 

PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT NEWS 

Conducted by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 



Change of Address 

Rev. and Mrs. J. L. Bowman have moved from near Hol- 
lidaysburg, Pa., to Vinco, Pa. Their address is now Cone- 
maugh. Pa., R. 1. 

Rev. and Mrs. Chester Zimmerman are now located in the 
parsonage of The Third Brethren Church, Johnstown, and 
their address is 186 Spring Street. 

Camp Juniata, 1944 

The Sunday School Board of the Pennsylvania District met 
on February 19 at Waynesboro. Miss Vera Laughlin of 
Greencastle, Pa., was elected dean of the camp. The time of 
camp corresponds with that of last year, which is from June 
27 to July 7 for the young people and from July 1 to July 7 
for the junior camp. The Board is planning to have area 
rallies as heretofore. 

A Brotherhood Public Service 

The Boys' Brotherhood at Brush Valley Brethren Church 
conducted an inspiring worship service on Sunday morning, 
February 13. The Scripture was read by Robert Leslie, prayer 
was offered by Ellis Roy Pinkerton, and talks were given by 
Mearl Gray on "Objectives of Brotherhood" and by Robert 
Gray on "A Brother's Ideal." 

Highland Pastor Undertakes Additional Work 

Arrangements were made for the Highland Brethren Church 
pastor. Rev. Dyoll Belote, to preach for the Ten Mile Church 
of the Brethren on Sunday afternoon, February 13, at three 
o'clock. The Ten Mile church edifice is located four miles 
from the Highland Church. The membership of the Ten Mile 
Church has been depleted by death, removal of members to 
other localities and taking their letters with them, and other 
causes. Quite a sizeable group attended the service, the at- 
tendance being composed of members of both the Ten Mile 
and the Highland congregations. Unable to support a full- 
time pastor, the Ten Mile Church elected to use the services 
of the Highland pastor for a while, and so Rev. Belote will 
conduct services for them each afternoon of his regular 
preaching dates at Highland, which are the second and fourth 



Sundays of the month. The remaining Sundays of the month 
he devotes to the work of The Second Brethren Church, 
Uniontown. A splendid spirit of fraternity is exhibited be- 
tween the Highland and the Ten Mile Congregations. "Such 
exemplification of Christian fellowship will bless both 
groups." 




News From Our 
Churches 



LANARK, ILLINOIS 

The call of the Lanark church came to us several months 
ago. After a prayerful consideration, we felt led to accept 
the call. Official charge of the church was assumed Decem- 
ber 19th. The last day of last year found the good wife and 
myself comfortably domiciled in the commodious parsonage 
here. We were not strangers to the people of this church, 
nor they to us. It has been my privilege to visit the church 
here on several occasions, one of which was a series of 
meetings in 1940. 

Much of the time so far has been spent in getting ac- 
quainted. The church here has a large membership, scat- 
tered over a wide territory, not all of which has yet been 
covered. But the good people here have been cordial, making 
us feel much at home. A formal reception was held by the 
church for us on Friday evening, January 21. In addition to 
the greetings extended by the Lanark church. Dr. T. B. 
Hersch of the Lutheran church spoke in behalf of the min- 
isters of the community, and Rev. W. S. Benshoff from the 
Brethren Church at Milledgeville, brought greetings in behalf 
of the Brethren of the District. At a recent meeting of the 
Official Board, plans were approved for some repairs to the 
church and parsonage. The Board also approved a series of 
special services to be held during Passion Week. We desire 
your prayers in behalf of the Lord's work in this place. 

Revival at Bryan, Ohio 

Before moving from Waterloo, Iowa, to Lanark, arrange- 
ments had been made with the Brethren at Bryan and the 
church here for a series of meetings in the Ohio city. This 
meeting began the evening of January 31 and continued till 
February 13. We have here one of the oldest congregations, 
the organization having been effected in the year 1888. His- 
tory has been made here. Brethrenism has been well estab- 
lished. Our church in Bryan is second to none in this city of 
six thousand people. The thing by which the Brethren are 
known here is belief in the Word, and a faithful preaching 
of the same. 

It was a privilege to minister to this church and the people 
of the community. All of the things which stand out against 
successful evangelism in these days were to be found here. 
But in spite of these, a keen interest was manifested through- 
out; attendance was good and at times very large. Many not 
Brethren in faith were in attendance from night to night. 
This meeting is a further proof that in these times of faith- 
lessness and unbelief, there are those who are eager for the 
Word. Much credit for this growing church is to be given to 
Brother and Sister Stewart. These good people are serving 
here their fourteenth consecutive year. This speaks well for 
the pastor and the church. Brother Stewart is widely known 
and respected by all. Entertainment was in the parsonage — 



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there is none better. The evangelistic party was well received 
in many homes. Why do they feed us so well ? A generous 
offering was given the evangelist. Many expressed a hope we 
might return at some future time. The writer has pleasant 
memories of his visit to the Bryan church. 

W. C. Benshoflf. 

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SMITHVILLE, OHIO 

We are nearing the middle of our fifth year of labor and 
fellowship with the good people of our Smithville congrega- 
tion (inclusive of our loyal Rittman Brethren). Since it has 
been some time since a report has been made by the pastor 
we thought we should try to provide a few items of news that 
would be of interest to others. 

Thus far in the year 1944 three have been received into 
membership of the Church. Two others are expected to be 
with the Church, for the purpose of having a Church Home 
baptized in the near future. Others are thinking of uniting 
in the community and also to be part of the organization in 
which they can do their Christian work. 

All of the organizations of the church are functioning. Ac- 
cording to our records, attendance at Sunday School and 
Worship services have not suffered appreciably by gas and 
tire rationing. Sunday evening services were hit the hardest. 

To save the S. M. M. from losing out on their Goals, they 
meet once a month during one of the morning worship hours. 
This arrangement is only for the duration — we hope the time 
will soon come when they can return to their proper pro- 
cedure, which will again make for more efficient church 
work. The W. M. S. is doing splendid work; in February 
they observed a Day of Prayer and Mission Study; all regu- 
lar meetings are held, most of which are all-day meetings 
(devotions, sewing, quilting, etc.) The Christian Endeavor 
Society meets every Sunday night as a part of the regular 
Sunday evening service; the young people are in charge of 
the service, and after the devotions and discussions the pas- 
tor brings a short message on a topic applicable to the dis- 
cussion of the evening. 

The Wednesday night services for Prayer and Bible Study 
are held in the various homes. A Prayer Meeting Committee, 
composed of Mrs. Maude Rutt and Mrs. Jean Miller, have 
been arranging the programs for these services. A theme 
for the month is chosen in advance, topics for each week that 
apply to the theme, leaders and places for meeting are des- 
ignated. The pastor conducts a twenty to thirty minute Bible 
Study. The average attendance for January and February 
was 16. For the last quarter of 1943 the average attendance 
was 13. 

Regular services are held in homes at Rittman every two 
weeks on Friday night, which are well attended. This Loyal 
Group lists a membership of twenty-one. If they had a church 
building the attendance and membership would be increased. 
The Brethren at Akro.n, ten of whom are members of the 
Smithville Church, are now making a survey of Brethren 
families and their friends to determine the feasibility of or- 
ganizing a Mission Point in this fertile field. It seems to us 
that so large a city would be a splendid field in which the 
National Mission Board could assist the District Mission 
Board in establishing a new Brethren Church. 

The Smithville Church is now looking forward to our Spring 
Revival Meeting, with Brother C. A. Stewart doing the 
preaching. The dates will be March 27th to April 9th. We ask 
an interest in the prayers of the Brotherhood as a church, 
and especially for this Revival Meeting. 

The church very kindly allowed me to go to Masontown to 
assist Brother Ankrum in a meeting which he has already 



reported. There is not much left for me to say. Brother Ank- 
rum keeps in close touch with his people, all of the uncon- 
verted people had already been talked with, so there was 
little for the visiting evangelist to do save to preach and to 
make pastoral calls with the pastor. It was a pleasure to us 
to see coke ovens in operation, stand on the top of a moun- 
tain where we experienced a "staggering sensation," to view 
historical sites and interview people whose pictures are in 
the book of which Brother Ankrum is justly the proud author. 
Brother Edgar Berkshire, who led the singing, is a busy man: 
a teacher, a preacher, and a song leader. It was a joy to 
work with him again. We need many more consecrated men 
like him. Under his able direction the adult choir, young peo- 
ple's choir, and junior choir functioned very commendably. 
Yes, we predice a bright future to any church whose talents 
are being exercised as are the talents of the Masontown 
church. 

On Sunday, February 20th we had a dedicatory service for 
our new Church Hymnals. The sermon by the pastor was an- 
nounced as a "Singing Sermon." The Title was "Take Time 
to Be Holy," sung by the choir; the Theme — "Sweet Hour of 
Prayer," the congregation; the Sermon Outline — I. "Have 
Thine Own Way," sung as a solo; II. "Breathe on Me, Breath 
of God,' by a quartet; III. "Open My Eyes," by the choir. 
The Conclusion — "When We Walk With the Lord," in which 
the entire congregation took part. The service closed by the 
singing of "Just As I Am," and "God Be With You." 

J. G. Dodds. 

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LYDIA, MARYLAND 
St. James Brethren Church 

We had a two weeks meeting with the writer doing the 
preaching. We held a fifteen minute prayer meeting just be- 
fore the old fashioned song-fest, and followed this with the 
regular service. 

The Holy Spirit was there with power and it was a won- 
derful sight to see thirteen coming to make the great con- 
fession in one evening. Then they came two and three in an 
evening until the number was twenty-one baptized, one await- 
ing baptism, and two by letter. This adds up to twenty-four. 
Yes, again I say the Holy Spirit was there with power. 

We also had the joy of having Rev. Klingensmith with us 
to preach one evening, and Rev. Leatherman preached two 
evenings. Their presence was enjoyed by all. 

To round it all out we had forty-five reconsecrations. This 
alone has added much to the renewed spiritual life of the 
church. 



W. C. White, pastor. 



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NEW PARIS, INDIANA 

(Just recently we received a copy of the "February Letter" 
which is gotten out by the New Paris, Indiana, Brethren 
Church. Prefaced by a short letter by the pastor. Dr. G. W. 
Rench, it contains a great deal of information of local inter- 
est, together with some which will be of more general in- 
terest. We give below the items of more general interest. — 
Editor) 

In the early part of January a number of our congrega- 
tion attended a Gideon Banquet at Hotel Elkhart. It was a 
wonderful meeting. Two thousand dollars was raised. The 
meeting was in the interest of the giving of New Testaments 
to the boys in the hospitals and on the West Coast. 

The report of the attendance and offerings in the Sunday 
School for the month of January is as follows: 



March 11, 1944 



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Jan. 2 Attendance 71 Offering $19.21. . 

Jan. 2 Attendance 64 Offering 17.12 

Jan. 16 Attendance 62 Offering 20.64 

Jan. 23 Attendance 64 Offering 18.30 

Jan. 30 Attendance 60 Offering 89.69 

Our collection of $89.69 was for the Brethren Publishing 
Company. 

The Woman's Missionary Society met for their annual Day 
of Prayer at the home of Mrs. Ira J. Miller. We are praying 
that there will be a definite revival in the hearts of men, and 
that many will come to the Lord while they can. 

A committee has been appointed to secure the services of 
some minister for our revival services to be held in the com- 
ing fall. 

The Sisterhood of Mary and Martha are doing their best 
in the work of the church. 



God has not so ordered life that the whole way lie clear 
before us. We walk by faith not by sight. Gates open, Red 
Seas divide, problems are solved, choices become clear, not 
from a distance, but when they immediately confront us. 



Ashland College News Letter 



By Arthur Petit 



Ashland College observed a day of prayer Thursday, 
March 2 when Dr. Porte '14, pastor of the Warsaw Brethren 
Church was called to the campus to hold three services. The 
sessions were well attended and the inspiration remaining 
on the campus after Dr. Porte's departure will not soon be 
forgotten. Other than the addresses of Dr. Porte, the serv- 
ices were handled largely by students. Among those appear- 
|ing on the programs were: William Solomon, Uniontown, Pa., 
leanette Schwab, Louisville, 0., Jane King, Ashland, 0., Keith 
Bailey, Dayton, 0., Pels Lam, McGaheysville, Va., and James 
Ault, Mexico, Ind. 

The honor list for the first semester was announced last 
week. It revealed 6 Brethren girls as honor students for the 
first half of this scholastic year. Four seniors and two juniors 
from fhe Brethren Churches have maintained a grade of B 
DT better for that period. They are: Mary Bott and Janet 
King, Ashland, Helen Downey, Hagerstown, Mrs. Pauline Fair, 
Smithville, 0., Bernice Leatherman, Berlin, Pa., and Mary 
!ree Riddle, Louisville, 0. 

Following the formal party of several weeks ago, the stu- 
lent council promoted an "All School Skate" late in Febru- 
iry. These events are becoming so well established on the 
ampus that the students are looking forward to them with 
growing eagerness. Miss 'Ellen Stoffer of Homeworth, Ohio, 
vas chairman of the event. 

The third term of evening school in Mansfield is scheduled 
open March 28. This experiment has been unusually suc- 
:essful in expanding the influence of the college this year 
md will doubtless be continued and extended next year. 

Five applications have now been received for next year and 
m increased interest is being sho\\m both in the churches and 
n the vicinity of the college. 

A new bulletin describing the courses offered by the col- 
.4ge this summer is now available. The Alumni Office will 
'e glad to send a copy to any who may request it. 



The Business Managers Corner 
George S. Baer 

Order Quarterlies Now 

The new Sunday school quarterlies will be ready for mail- 
ing by the time your orders are in, so do not delay telling 
us what you want. Order blanks have been sent to those who 
have been sending in the orders. We suggest that you order 
a generous supply of quarterlies and other types of Sunday 
school supplies, so that you will not run short and be em- 
barrassed by having to say when the new quarter is about 
gone," "I'm sorry, but we are out of quarterlies; some of you 
will have to double up today." 

$1,.500 to Reach the Goal 

The Publication Day Offering has now reached the amount 
of $3,.544.0a, which is just $1,455.99 short of the goal. We 
can't get through the year successfully without that amount, 
and we are asking those churches that have not yet made 
their offering to do so promptly and generously. It is pos- 
sible to go over the top by a good margin if those who have 
not yet reported will send in an offering commensurate with 
the offerings that some of the other churches have made. 

Your Goal Is an Increase 

over last year's offering. So I look up your last year's rec- 
ord and see that your offering this year is more than the one 
made in 1943. That is what the national Goals Program 
Chairman recently told us. He said, "The brotherhood's goal 
is higher than last year, and naturally it is expected that the 
goal of the individual churches is to be larger." Just how 
much larger your offering will be over last year is for you 
to say, but if we figure correctly, the national goal is about 
30 percent larger. Some of our churches are running about 
that much in their increase over last year. If you have not 
yet made your offering, or if you have not reached your goal, 
give as unto the Lord and do your best. He is worthy of it. 

.Sunday School Workers Library 

There ought to be one in every Sunday school, and every 
teacher and officer in your school ought to have available 
and be encouraged to read such books as will make for 
greater efficiency. Our National Sunday School Association 
officers are making recommendations from time to time. If 
nothing has yet been recommended along the line of your 
need, write us or Dr. L. E. Lindower, Educational Director, 
and appropriate recommendations will be made. Then we 
will order the books sent direct to your address. 

Notify Early of Address Changes 

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for the change to be made. One girl is taking care of all 
the office work, including book-keeping and letter writing, 
and making of stencils, and with a growing mailing list to 
keep up to date, she is more than busy. 

Don't Get Caught 

without a church paper coming into your home. The way to 
avoid that is to see that your subscription to The Brethren 
Evangelist is not allowed to expire. Remember, the Post 
Office Department requires us to drop subscriptions that are 
past due. We are planning to observe that rule more faith- 
fully in the future, after having notified you in advance. 
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Vice President Henry Wallace 
Speaks on Missions 

THE missionary sees humanity as one lump — as 
just one great mankind in which all men are as 
one, equal brothers. What a chance he has to beat 
down the old Eastern hatred of Western exploita- 
tion that simply must be beaten down before East 
and West can live in peace together ! With his mis- 
sion schools, he has been the most outstanding foe of 
Oriental illiteracy for a century and a half; with his 
teachers of engineering he has been preaching the 
gospel of good roads; with his agricultural experts 
in the village he has been practicing the gospel of 
getting more, more, more out of the good earth. 
With his doctors and surgeons and nurses in his 
missionary hospitals he has been fighting human 
pain in the name of the Great Physician, regardless 
of race, creed or color. What a chance the mission- 
ary has now. He can bring us peace ! 



God's Victory Garden 

Easter is Prockdniing God's and Man's Greatest 
Victory 

As Easter returns this year Christian hearts willl 
dwell deeply upon the victory it relates anew to a 
world bound in the instruments of death. The only 
Victor over that prominent enemy of humanity to- 
day was the Son of God. Only He faced it alone. So 
many hundreds of thousands today face it together. 
Whether it yields much comfort to know that many 
others are in its throes at the same time we do not 
know. But He faced it with great loneliness. 

His victory over death offers the only comfort to 
those who face it now, and to all of us who will. He 
conquered death. He brought hope out of a grave. 
The garden of despair, called Gethsemane, became the 
world's first and only real Victory Garden. The Rose 
of Sharon bloomed into redemption there. He hasl 
become a perennial flower in the heart and hope of j 
Christian humanity. "Because I live ye shall live."j 
"I am the resurrection and the life." "For he is not] 
the God of the dead but of the living. All live untO| 
him. Whether therefore we live or die, we are the| 
Lord's." 

It was there and then that the hope of the Gospel 
message was born. It, too, still lives. Brethren have 
with every Christian body of believers given hun-' 
dreds of thousands of dollars and many missionaries 
to carry that hope to those who have not yet heard 
that there is eternal hope for those who hear and 
believe. 

Easter is therefore closely associated with the mis- 
sionary function of the church. "Go quickly and tell" 
were His words immediately after his great victorj^ 
over the grave. 

From our South American field this very week 
has come heartening news such as we have hopec 
for for years. The work is succeeding. Men and wom- 
en are believing and finding Him. Evangelistic cam- 
paigns have been the most successful known thus 
far. Hopes for a new church in Rosario are high. W< 
hope we can provide it. 

Some of our pastors have written expressing hope: 
for a great Easter Offering. The material will read 
your homes soon. Consider it. Then consider the un 
selfish and Christian cause for which it is sent. Thei 
gain the joy of having a real part in personally an 
swering the Great Commission of a Risen Saviou: 
of the lost everywhere who find Him, even througl 
our efforts. 

"Oh there's a Rose, a lovely Rose, 

And its beauty all the world shall see, 

There's a Rose, a lovely Rose, 

And it blooms for you and me." 



March 18, 1944 



Editorials 



By. J. Rdy Klinsensmith 



Five Thousand Dollars 
of Brethren Money 

That was a great start our Brethren made on the 
first try. We told you about the millions who are 
starving to death and needing clothing and medi- 
cines. That was about all. About 60 of our churches 
opened their hearts with larger Thanksgiving Offer- 
ings than they had sent in the year before. Thus 
?5,000 M-as voted at the Executive Committee meet- 
ing of the Board to go immediately to the starving 
3f China, India and some to Greek Relief given by 
V\^aynesboro. And this is not the total of what we 
:an. More will follow a bit later. 

But it gives a great sense of satisfaction to know 
;hat we too are a church with mercy and concern 
'or the griefs of others. We shall not play the role 
)f the Priest or the Levite on the Jericho road. Now 
ve are becoming greater in soul. It has been given 

them, for actual life, and to Him. We congratulate 
:very person who thus helped. The beautiful Awards 
rill very soon reach j^ou. The present difficulties in 
btaining not only materials but help has slowed up 
heir arrival to you. Just a week or so more and you 
i^ill have them. 

But if we know Brethren churches and their lead- 
rs, there is a strong desire for us to extend our pres- 
nt Foreign Missionary effort beyond South America. 
Ve shall not minimize our work there, we shall only 
ttempt to invade other needy areas with the Hope 
f the Gospel. Could we not do a wonderful Chris- 
an deed in assisting some of the greatest works al- 
5ady going full force that God has ever blessed? 
lust we wait for a matter of years until we have 
ained missionaries and established headquarters? 
r could we not right this year send help to those 
ho can advance in His Holy Name with but more 
mds? Consider the great work of the China In- 
.nd Faith Mission. Its work is as great as any. It 
as been for many years purely a work of faith, 
erhaps it will not make Brethren ; but it will make 
hristians. Think of what we could do in assisting 
le Leper colonies ? And if we wanted to get nearer 

1 our own doctrine we could assist the Foreign Mis- 
on work of the Church of the Brethren, M-hile they 
•e bearing so great a load in Relief and works of 
ercy. Let us send in some extra this Easter. Breth- 
in will understand. Let it be like the extra Frankin- 
nse and Myrrh that the Wisemen brought, or like 
e Alabaster box of ointment, or like the extra meal 
id oil that a widow gave away to a pi-ophet. Let 

i be great in soul. 



"The Forgotten Ally'' 

A recent work by Pierre Van Paassen, author of 

Days Of Our Years and The Time Is Noto, has some 
almost shocking strains for the Christian ear. Dr 
Van Paassen is pleading the case for the hundreds 
of thousands of persecuted Jews confined to the ghet- 
. tos of Warsaw, Lodz, Lemberg, and Kalisz and the 
Jewish villages in the depths of the Russian Carpa- 
thians and the Polish Ukraine. He reported that "I 
had seen human degradation at its most abject " 
Returning heartsick from what he saw in suffering 
and shame and injustice he marvels that the church 
and every organization for good had not cried out 
against the errors that stalk Jewry. One of his char- 
acteristic paragraphs reads: 

"There is no more any prophet! By a prophet I 
mean a courageous speaker of the truth, a man who 
by virtue of a higher, divine authority dares to tell 
the mighty of the earth in concrete cases and in spe- 
cific circumstances : 'Thou Shalt !' or 'Thou shalt not.' 

If the church does not speak the prophetic word 
111 our day, but instead stands poweriess, fearful and 
silent m the truly apocalyptical events or at best 
mumbles mane and innocuous commonplaces and 
generalities in that jargon of traditional piety which 
has become unintelligible to the men of our genera- 
tion. It IS because she thinks too much of her inner 
organization, of the abstract eternal verities of which 
she IS the depositary, of her temporal power, of the 
good repute she enjoys amongst the well-to-do whose 
chief concern is their own tranquility of mind and 
the undisturbed enjoyment of their comfortable po- 
sition m society. It is with the authority of this 
"good enough" armor of respectability, smugness 
unction, and sentimentality that the church thinks 
to confront a world in turmoil. 

"A catastrophe ! For never does the cause of Christ 
suffer as when state and society go out of their way 
to fawn upon the Church and praise her; reversely: 
never does that cause prosper so well as in the hour 
of persecution. One would almost feel like congratu- 
lating the Church if she could again become the ob- 
ject of harsh and bitter persecution, if she were 
driven out of her haughty basilicas, marble churches, 
and oak-paneled vestries and be forced to crawl back 
underground into the catacombs ; if the servants of 
the cause of Christ were denounced once again as 
Beelzebubs, as they were in the days of Jesus, that 



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to the state, as fools, bandits, fanatics, false prophets 
and seducers of the youth ; if they were reduced to 
the last extremity and menaced with dire things, 
with death itself ... 

Alas, it is not so. The Church is prosperous. The 
Church is at peace with everybody. She loves both 
sides equally, good and evil alike. She is at peace with 
all men. She is neutral ..." 



7.9 the Church Expensive? 

Have you ever felt that the churches cost too much 
money? Is it true that they are too expensive? 
"Thrift," the American banker's magazine, has some- 
thing interesting to say about this subject. Their 
Fal)le shows that 241/0 cents of every American dol- 
lar spent goes for the cost of living; 22 cents for 
luxuries : 14 cents for waste ; 9 cents for crime ; and 
% of a cent out of every dollar goes to the churches. 

Six billion dollars, they say, goes for the movies, 
and a little over a half billion goes for churches. If 
you ask "Wliat goes with the money in America?" 
you have the answer. We didn't give it for the King- 
dom of God. Now we give it for war. If what we 
spend for the war in one year now we had spent a 
fifth of for spreading the Gospel in Europe and 
Japan, we would have prevented what now spreads 
over the world. 



I Vote "Aye" 

From New Paris, Indiana, yesterday comes a verj 
interesting letter. A prominent doctor of their com- 
munity, much loved and very successful, desires t( 
return to Africa as a Missionary in the Church 0: 
the Brethren work there. But he wants about $5,00( 
worth of electrical equipment to assist him in hi; 
work there as a doctor and Christian witness to tin 
lost of Africa. Now New Paris wonders why w< 
can't help. It is for the Lord. It is most certainl; 
missionary. It is Christian. It is in Africa. It is ex 
actly what we want : to extend our efforts into nev 
and more fields. South America is not enough for U: 
as a whole denomination. So why could we not giV' 
a little additional in our Easter Offering and thu 
push our ministry right into Africa with the sur 
plus. I vote "Aye!" Do you? We have talked co-op 
eration with the Church of the Brethren. Here is ai 
opportunity to co-operate. 



The Runs send $1,000 

Here is a sample of great Christian generosity aBj 
concern. Again the Raymond Kuns family, of tli 
South Bend Church, have sent in a great offerinj 
$1,000 is to go to pre-fabricated church buildinj 
just the moment they can be obtained ; and the othi 
hundred for Relief work. Thank you ! Such giving i 
spires everybody and helps the many who receive 



A Gift From Harry Riner 

Miss Jane King, one of our Seminary students and 
missionary in preparation, received a gift of $100 
on her tuitition this year from our good brother and 
friend Harry Riner. 

It was several years ago that Brother Riner went 
home from Conference and wrote a letter about a 
slogan that our Board had placed before the Assem- 
bly. Last Conference when Jane dedicated her life he 
was mimediately ready to make a great oifer to any- 
one who would present himself as a future mission- 
ary. Now he has helped Jane with her tuition. 

Seems like a grand ministry and most Christian 
act, to assist those who are giving their all to the 
Service of the Lord. It spares so much of the anx- 
iety and worry that so often encumbers even those 
trying to give themselves away. Alas, it costs money 
to even get ready to do that. Thank you, Harry. 
We would be glad if others who are able would help 
more of our future missionaries along in such a fine 
wav. 



Missionaries Are Still Going 

While newspapers have headlined the return 
American missionaries from war-enveloped cou 
tries, there has been a steady stream of outgoii 
ones not headlined. During the past year they ha 
gone to Africa, China, India, and to the Near Ea 
Large numbers have also gone to South Americ 
countries. 



Christians in India 

A careful examination of the growi;h recorded I 
Christian organizations as a whole leads to the ci: 
elusion that the number of Indian Christians of 
denominations in India (including Burma and C 
Ion) is about 7,750,000 and may be 8,000,000. 

— International Revieiv of Missions, 1943! 



larch 18, 1944 




World Missions 

and 
The World War 



An Outline Statement Prepared by Charles H. Fahs, 
Curator of the Missionaiy Research Library 



What is Happening TO and THROUGH Mis- 
sions—Out Wliere The Work Goes On? 

Many missionaries have had to vacate their posts 
Japan, Korea, Formosa, parts of occupied China, 
hiUppines, Netherlands, Indies, Thailand, Malaya, 
;urma, and parts of the Near East) . Many others 
re interned; some have been transferred to other 
elds ; a few have been imprisoned ; still f evs^er have 
aid the uttermost price, calling for the "last full 
leasure of devotion." 

Large numbers of missionary families are tem- 
orarily broken up, mothers and small children hav- 
ig either returned to the sending countries, or left 
leir stations for places of refuge. Hundreds of mis- 
ionaries continue at their posts even in disturbed 
reas ; of these many are subject to military control 
ut are permitted to carry on their usual tasks. 

Church buildings, hospitals, schools, orphanages 
eve been wrecked by bombs or by fire, and their ac- 
vities stopped entirely, or their personnel forced to 
lid other places in which to continue work. Many 
;her such institutions still have open doors, their 
icilities overtaxed, and their opportunities for ser- 

ce unmeasured. To war victims and refugees such 
lission institutions have been of unspeakable aid, 
ilief, and comfort. 

Up and down the world, stations and institutions, 
ith their staffs cut off by the war from European 
ipporting societies, have been supported as "or- 
laned missions," mostly through British and North 
merican gifts, thus enlarging sympathies and un- 
jrstanding, keeping a multitude of enterprises from 
illapse, and paving the way for an ever enlarging 
ternational fellowship and cooperation in the years 
lead. 

In Latin America, in much of Africa south of the 
ihara Desert, in India, Iran, and Iraq, mission work 
DBS on much as before the war, but under ever 
ideninp- threats of war snread. 



The shifting of responsibility from missionaries 
to nationals for the leadership and support of the 
churches for evangelistic initiative, and for the 
supervision of institutions, a process in some 
cases too long delayed, has been speeded up. The re- 
sults for the most part appear to have been truly en- 
couraging. 

In not a few fields the demands for Bibles, the 
welcome given to evangelist, be they national pas- 
tors or missionaries, and the general receptive atti- 
tude toward Christian approach and Christian truth, 
is extraordinarily heartening. 

No one with a knowledge of church history, with 
a deep perceptive of the world's need, and with a 
realizing sense in his own life of the living resources 
in the Christian heritage and faith, believes for an 
hour or for a minute, that missions are done for. 
They may be radically changed in methods to be 
used, in type and training of personnel demanded, and 
in geographical range of effort. As the expanding 
edge of the Christian church their future is as as- 
sured as is the future of Christianity itself. 

II. What is Happening TO and FOR Missions — at 
the Sending and Supporting End ? 

Board leaders share with one another cables and 
field correspondence; increasingly they think in 
terms of common plans, cooperatively they push 
"home base" promotion, feeling themselves a work- 
ing team as never before. 

Board officers and staffs are vibrantly alive to 
the almost hourly shift in the world scene. Cables 
transfer funds, speed words of cheer, and the ether 
waves carry guidance; trans-oceanic clippers bear 
numerous messages, ships carrying mission person- 
nel and mails zigzag through dangerous channels 
and acrn.ss infested seas, while resDonsible secre- 



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taries work long hours as they wait for reassuring 
word from far places. 

Parents and relatives of those missionaries who 
are interned or are in or near war threatened areas 
carry a burden of anxiety too often doubled by the 
weeks or months of blocked communications. 

Colleges, theological and other students are sensing 
the international situation as a world revolution. For 
many of these students missions as a world-wide out- 
reach of Christian motives and ministry have come 
to have a new, poignant and inescapable relevance to 
the vast and rapidly shifting panorama of human 
tragedy. 

Some shortsighted clergy are saying that with the 
world at war the church's first responsibility is to 
minister to near-by needs; but discerning pastors 
with perspective and understanding are standing by 
the Christian world enterprise through painstaking 
study of the emerging situations and through forth- 
right and prayerful interpretations to their people. 
Gifts to missions by certain conmiunions have been 
markedly steady because of the profound convictions 
and the sturdy purpose of those pastors and people 
who sense the lai'ger meanings of this day. Boards 
of other denominations have to face not only the 
results of war abroad but also decreased gifts at 
home. 

Missionaries on early or lengthened furloughs are 
being pushed into the home churches to aid congre- 
gations in speeding up such adjustments in thought 
and outlook as are called for by unbelievably rapid 
world changes. Missionaries unable to return to their 
fields in many cases are being transferred to other 
fields. 

A number of boards continue to enlist recruits, so 
that these may be ready for early departures when 
doors again open. Such recruits are called "ap- 
pointees in waiting," and through the extra train- 
ing made possible by delays in sailing may be ex- 
pected later to render especially efficient service 
abroad. 

Ship travel costs twice as much and because of 
delays takes twice as long as in other years. More- 
over, on many seas it is dangerous. In a few in- 
stances missionaries and board secretaries have 
crossed the seas and continents by plane. By air West 
China is now only two weeks and Central Africa 
only a few days from New York City. Every possi- 
ble device is being utilized for keeping lines of com- 
munication open with, and support provided for, iso- 
lated or stranded missionaries. 



III. Missions Whitherbound — Towards Disappear- 
ance or Towards Some Great Future? 

In some parts of the world, far from being done, 
the work of missions has scarcely been even started 
(central Asia, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Afghanistan,: 
interior Arabit, upper Amazon Valley, parts of cen- 
tral Africa). Every valid reason, every sound chal- 
lenge, for starting the older missions in the first in- 
stance holds for beginning work in these more dif- 
ficult and as yet unreached areas, when the opportu- 
nity comes. 

In areas where the Christian groups as yet arei 
grievously weak in numbers, immature in develop- 
ment, and without an adequate leadership of their' 
own, the mission task is by no means finished. In 
regions where the Cliristian churches are strongest, 
the most advanced to^^'ard maturity, the presence of 
missionaiy specialists and collaborators is still de-" 
sired. 

With respect to ceiiain countries where mission-i 
aries can no longer function freely or where theyl 
have been interned, it is impossible to say what the: 
future status of missionaries from the West may be,; 
whether they may be permitted residence, or wheth-r 
er, because of hostility still to be faced after war con-', 
ditions are over, inissionary personnel can be truly 
useful. 

It seems highly probable that one result of the 
war will be, and most missionaries would say thai 
there should be, a far greater transfer of responsi- 
ble leadership to nationals. In some areas it woulc 
seem that this process has been far too long delayed 

That the younger churches in many countries are 
now sufficiently strong in numbers, in experience 
and in trained leadership, to sustain the essentia: 
Christian activities among their people, to win anc 
train new disciples, and to move into unreachec 
. areas, is not to be expected. Continued aid from th( 
older churches will be both needed and welcomed. 

For the better new world order for which Chris 
tians throughout the world are yearning there wil 
be required very widely distributed sustainin; 
groups, such supporters to be understanding in gras] 
and spirit, cooperative in attitude, and motivated b; 
deep-seated and sound concepts of a universall;' 
shared good life. Any fellowship more restricte( 
than that of a world-wide church or of participatioi 
in and loyalty to the Kingdom of God will not suf 
fice. Something quite akin to the present mission eni 
terprise will be inescapably essential if such a sup 
porting constituency for an enduring and endurabl 
world order is to be won and developed in every lano 



If we are not different after Easter it will mean that we did not ex- 
perience Easter. We will only have lived through the day. — Roy E. Smith, 
in The Christian Advocate. 



March 18, 1944 

ABANDON 



FOREIGN MISSIONS? 



IT is because the foreign missionary at his best so 
■^ genuinely takes up his cross — identifying himself 
with tlie needs and sufferings of a people who have 
no immediate claim upon him, and for their sake 
sacrificing friends, comforts, possessions, and if 
need be life itself — that he has acquired such a pow- 
erful hold on the imagination of mankind. 

With all the courage of a soldier, he performs a 
redemptive work that no soldier can imitate, because 
militaiy force at best holds evil in check when it 
gets dangerously powerful, while devoted missionary 
service sometimes actually breaks the grip of evil 
upon men's souls, and extinguishes its power by 
bearing it sacrificially. 

If then the world situation requires us to abandon 
the distinction between "home" and "foreign," by 
making us members of one "non-Christian world" 
(pliysically one neighborhood, morally one den of 



thieves!) it certainly does not require us to abandon 
foreign missions. A queer time to do that! If ever 
there was a lost world, a heathen world, it is ours, 
whether we sample its heathenism in Chicago or 
Shanghai. What is really required is that every 
Christian should become a foreign missionary at 
home in all the world, giving himself to the redress 
of injustice, the reconciliation of the alienated, the 
comfort of the sin-sick and sorrowing wherever he 
may be; and that the Church should so suiwey her 
task and distribute her energies as to bring God's 
help to every accessible spot on earth, especially to 
all points of unusual tension and distress. 

This is our missionary task. Divine justice re- 
quires it. Divine mercy inspires it. The divine Suf- 
ferer on the Cross sends us forth to it. 

— Walter Horton, Fairfield Professor of Theology. 




"THE SILENT BILLION SPEAK" 



He who reads, leads. The Silent Billion, the three- 
fifths of the human race who cannot read, for cen- 
turies have been led — driven, hunted, enslaved to 
fear, ignorance, superstition. Now as the curve of 
literacy turns up the Silent Billion are becoming vo- 
cal. What is sown in their minds the world will reap. 
They will bless or blast the world. That is why I 
call literacy Christianity Oiyportunity No. 1, and the 
production of simple, interesting reading matter suit- 
able for new adult readers Christian Opportunity 
No. 2. 

Literacy opens doors of bondage. I have watched, 
unspeakably moved, tide radiant faces of those who 
have seen a new world open suddenly before them — 
in hospitals and in leper camps, in prisons or on the 
dusty roadway — wherever someone has sat down be- 
side an illiterate and patiently, lovingly taught him 
to read. Outcaste leather workers have taken on a 
new stature of self-respect. A servant, weeping with 
joy, has turned to teach another servant her own 
just-learned first lesson. I have heard a young man 
shout, "Give me a book ! I can read !" as exultant as 
Columbus sighting the New World. 

Literacy is a direct path to evangelism. Sitting 
'beside an illiterate and teaching him encouragingly, 
jsympathetically, you are offered a wonderful oppor- 
tunity to witness for Christ. The pupil wonders why 
lyou care about him, and you tell him of the great 
Teacher. Yon make it nossible for him to read his 



own Bible. Every Christian needs to feed on the 
Word. 

On Signal Hill in Lanao God began to use my 
tongue to speak to me, and said, "Here in Lanao you 
will accomplish something with me for the human 
race. You will broaden the circle of their minds, 
which is good ; yt»u will help them to a new comrade- 
ship with me, which is the most wonderful thing 
that can happen to any man." It is God who has 
planned it all, pushed me on when I hardly knew 
what I was doing, and He is working out the future 
far ahead of us. If we care enough we can work a 
world miracle. A billion people are begging to learn 
to read. Nobody has provided them with literature. 
Whoever does can mold these people. Are we going 
to furnish the literature that will shape them after 
the pattern of the Christ? Are we going to open the 
way for Christ to satisfy the hunger of the new lit- 
erates? Our answer will be of profound significance 
for three-fifths of the human family. 

* (The Silent Billion Speak is a booklet by Frank 
Laubach. Dr. Laubach, who is to letters what Bur- 
bank was to plants, does not think it a dream to teach 
the billions to read. Tlie world's greatest literacy ex- 
pert. Dr. Laubach, has seen the results of the grow- 
ing Christian literacy campaign in India where in 
three years forty-one thousand people learned to 
read."> 



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Inside Reports on Missions by Outsiders 



A MARINE WRITES FROM THE SOUTH 
PACIFIC 

A member of the U. S. Marine Corps, on duty 
somewhere in the South Paciiic, recently wrote to his 
pastor : 

"I had a rather pleasant experience recently that 
should be of interest. Just happened to drop by a 
native village, where I understand a short time ago 
human flesh was considered quite a dish. On this 
particular Sunday, though, church was in progress. 
It was nearly the same service you hold there in the 
States, but the entire church was composed of as 
fine a band of ex-head hunters as you could ever see. 
All necessary gear was furnished, and they had been 
taught to read by the missions. 

"I have often thought since of the requests for 
funds for the missions and the indifferent response 
usually encountered. It is really a good laugh on us 
that tve didn't VO'V 'more attention to that work. Be- 
cause of the ivork of a few men and limited funds 
at their dospisal, American boys several thousand 
miles from the nearest S. H. Kress store have been 
received as friends and shotvn every courtesy a prim- 
itive people Jmve to offer. I wonder if it is possible 
for you there at home to realize how we feel. First 
trip out — weeks at sea — a landfall and you don't 
know what to expect. You finally get ashore, and 
there is a big gang of grinning natives with a tum- 
bleweed haircut passing out fresh pineapples at 
five cents each." 



HOW MUCH DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? 

A young soldier who goes to the Fiji Islands with 
Uncle Sam's Army is likely to discover the meaning 
of foreign missions. That's what happened to Corp. 
Clayton Funk, of Bath, Pa. 

"Dear folks . . . One night six of us stayed in a 
chief's hut or biirc, as they call them. We all sat 
on the grass mats on the floor. 

The Fijians had a church hymnal, with Fijian 
words on one half the page, English on the other. 
They wanted the soldiers to sing with them. I 
thought the songs would be strange to me, but it was 
just like singing out of our church hymnal at home 
. . . Some of the tunes they knew better than I did . . . 

"What I'm getting at is this: The missionaries 
have proven their worth many, many tiines since tue 
came overseas. I want you to take ten dollars from 
my account and Jmnd it in for foreign missions." — 
The Lutheran. 



MEETS THE MISSIONARY 

A Western Pennsylvania corporal, now on duty 
overseas, recently wrote to his pastor : "Since I have 
been out here, and have been entertained in the 
homes of missionaries, and have seen the work they 
are doing, I admit I was altogether wrong (in oppos- 
ing missionary work) . When I return home, you ivill 
have no more loyal supporter of foreign missions. 
From what I have seen, they are a grand group of 
men and women, and are doing a magnificent job." 



HE APPRECIATES MISSIONARY WORK 

Captain Sheldon 0. Hall, former football star of 
Findlay, Ohio, writes from the South Pacific that he 
owes his life to the work of British Methodist mis- 
sionaries, who years ago converted the natives of 
some Solomon Island outposts from cannibalism to 
Christianity. 

Some weeks ago he was shot down while flying 
near a Japanese-held island, but managed to get into 
his rubber raft out in the Pacific. For thirty-six 
hours he drifted helplessly, and then was washed 
ashore on the jungly Choiseul Island (in the Solo- 
mons) . This island was once the home of head hunt- 
ers and cannibals. After some hours ashore, he was 
found by a group of natives, some of whom spoke 
English, and all of whom were Christians. They min- 
istered to him for eleven days, while he recovered 
from exposure, and then led him to an American out- 
post and safety. 



THE LOGIC OF CHRISTIAN MI S S I N S 

We face a humanity that is too precious to neglect. 

We know a remedy for the ills of the world too wonderful to withhold. 

We have a Christ who is too glorious to hide. 

We have an adventure that is too thrilling to miss. — G. P. Howard. 



Warch 18, 1944 



Can We Help China? 



The basic facts about the Christian Movement in 
!;hina are now fairly well known. The population of 
his largest nation on earth numbers close to 450,- 
)00,000. The Christian constituency in China, both 
J'rotestant and Catholic, cannot greatly exceed 
1,000,000 — roughly one per cent. Yet, if one runs 
lis eye down the pages of Who's Who in China, 
yhere are listed the principal leaders of the country, 
le will be startled to discover that one in every six 
s a Christian. No less impressive in a land noted for 
ts reverence for learning and for the formative in- 
luence of teaching upon the minds of men, is the 
'act that just half of those listed in Who's Who have 
'eceived their education in the Christian schools and 
iolleges of China. 

— Henry P. Van Dusen, in What Is the Church 
Doing? 



In China, out of every thousand people there are 
only four or five Christians, but one out of every ten 
students is in a Christian school. These schools have 
become the most fruitful field for evangelism during 
the war years. No other group in China, and per- 
haps not even any other student group in the world, 
are responding to the challenge of Christ like the 
students in China. 

In Free China, there are a score of student cen- 
ters with from three to ten thousand in each. If we 
could send out tomorrow an extra hundred socially 
and internationally minded missionaries, they could 
not possibly enter all the open doors nor meet all 
the challenges in the great student centers in Free 
China alone. 

— Stanton Lautenschlager, Presbyterian. 
missionary in China. 



Inviting Us to "Go Quickly . . . and Tell." 

"The Chinese people in Fukien have never been so 
■eady to receive the Gospel as now, with all that it 
neans in moral effort and sacrifice," says Rev. Har- 
y W. Worley, Methodist missionary in Foochow, 
jhina. 

"It is hard for a person who has lived all his life 
n a society with centuries of Christian background 
visualize a society in transitional stage without 
hat moral and ideal background. But this situation 
n a large measure explains the crucial character of 
he contribution of Christianity to China right now. 
'he missionary is only a part of that movement, 
hank God, work has been progressing long enough 
that such leaders as Madame Chiang Kai-Shek and 
ishop W. Y. Chen are a part of it. And if we do 
ur duty now, not waiting until the war is over, 
hristianity will make an impact that will surprise 
s with its power and influence over the New China, 
Qd the New-World-after-the-war. 

"We are not living in the far interior where the 
■ational Government has retired for safety. Foo- 
low is within thirty miles of the coast, and was 
Jcupied once. It may be occupied again. But in the 
leantime millions of people live in this border ter- 
tory, cultivating the soil and striving to make a 
ving. Among these are our fellow Christians in 
turches, schools, and hosptals. The church is doing 

marvelous service in upholding civilian morale in 
ids part of the world during this difficult period." 



THE CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO THE UNIT- 
ED STATES, a Buddhist, said recently, "As an un- 
reconstructed heathen I wish to pay my respects to 
all the Christian missionary workers who have aided 
China during these years of her struggle. Many of 
these missionaries have lost their property, have suf- 
fered physical injury. Their women have suffered 
grave indignities, physical hardships and misery; 
but so far as I know no missionary has deserted his 
post. Their missions have become centers of refuge 
for thousands and tens of thousands of Chinese."^ — • 
Religious Digest. 



Asks for More Missionaries 

"We still need missionaries and welcome Chris- 
tians from other lands who serve the people of China 
with true sympathy and devotion," said Generalissi- 
mo Chiang Kai-Shek, speaking recently to a confer- 
ence of Christian missionaries. "You are comrades 
working with us to save our people and to build a 
new nation . . . Let the church identify itself more 
intimately with the life and needs of the people and 
co-operate more fully with the government and so- 
cial welfare agencies and build a new haven in so- 
ciety. Whenever there is opportunity, the church 
should not hesitate to lead in social service." — World 
Outlook. 



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Letters from Our South American Brethren 



I 



REPORT OF THE TENT WORK 

Jose Varela 

(Worker in Charge) 

First of all I want to express my gratitude to God for per- 
mitting- me to have the gift of life in Christ my Savior and 
then to be an humble worker in his vineyard. I am grateful 
also to our superintendent and to all the brethren who have 
shown confidence in me. I am happy as a colaborator in the 
work of the Gospel. 

I began work with the tent in October, 1942, in Rosario. 
The meeting was opened by the pastor, Adolfo Zeche, and the 
sermon was preached by the superintendent, Carlos F. Yo(i?r. 
The meetings continued every night during the entire month 
with increasing interest. Then, having concluded the purchase 
of two fine, large lots near by, we changed the tent to these 
lots and continued throughout the month of December with 
the Vacation Bible School with 180 children enrolled. It was 
a time of great joy and enthusiasm as the Spirit of God 
worked among us. We closed with a Christmas program in 
which many new children took part. During these three 
months there were many public confessions of faith which 
were followed by baptisms later on. 

New Year's Eve we passed giving thanks to God for the 
rich blessings received. The 23d of January we met to cele- 
brate the baptism of twelve of the converts, all having given 
good testimony of their fafth and constancy. The 2.5th of 
January we took the tent to Gerli, a subui'b of Buenos Aires, 
where we found a good location near the site of our present 
hall and parsonage. Brother Zeche, pastor in Rosario preached 
during the first week and then was obliged to return to his 
work in Rosario, leaving the preaching in Gerli ^vith the pas- 
tor, Jose Anton. 

The attendance was good from the first and, as in Rosario, 
the attendance of children was so great that we had to have 
them at one hour and the adults at another. Sister Louise 
Kugler directed the children's meetings here as in Rosario, 
including the Vacation Bible Schools. Many converts, both 
children and adults, gave their testimony of acceptance of 
Christ. 

After the meeting in Gerli we moved the tent about thirty 
squares to Remedi Escalada where we remained a week and 
had very good attendance and interest. In both places the 
converts remained faithful and many have been baptized. 

On returning to Rosario we spent several days painting the 
tents to preserve them and then leaving the large one in 
Rosario for use in the regular meetings in this district, we 
went to Cordoba with the smaller tent and began meetings the 
27th of March in a very central location. The attendance and 
interest was good, but the fall rains caught us and the weather 
turned cold so that at the end of a week we returned to 
Rosario. Miss Kugler was of great assistance to the work 
in Cordoba as in Rosario and Buenos Aires. Many new peo- 
ple came to the meetings in Cordoba, and although the site 
was fifteen squares from our present site a group of chil- 
dren still continues to come. 

When we returned to Rosario we found the weather favor- 



able there. We set up the larger tent in a new district fifteen 
squares from the first, and to our surprise the crows from 
the very first were so large that hundreds listened standing 
around on the outside. We continued an entire month with 
increasing interest. There is no other mission anywhere near 
us and not even a Catholic church. The parents came with 
their children and we have a fine, large group of young peo- 
ple who are now enthusiastic in the work. We closed the cam- 
paign the last of May with a Mother's Day program, with 
an attendance of about five hundred people. A large group 
is preparing for baptism. Fortunately we found a hall and 
small house near by; which, though much too small, serves 
for the time being to take care of the work. 

Since the smaller tent is in use in Cordoba we are now 
planning to take the larger one to Buenos Aires for a cam- 
paign there, with a vacation Bible School at the same time. 
This will be reported later. (Dr. Yoder writes, "In Cordoba 
the 1944 tent campaign, which is not included in brother Va- 
rela's report, began in December and still continues. We ' 
feel that it was of the Lord that we were able to secure a i 
site in the center of our district. It is a corner in almost the i 
highest spot in the city. On one of the three lots is a small I 
house where the caretaker can live. The tent occupies an- • 
other and the third serves as a playground. The owner is a 
Catholic of the nominal kind and has made no effort to dis- 
lodge us, although great pressure has been put upon him to ' 
do so. We have a contract for a year with the privilege of !' 
renewing it. This site has in the past been the rallying point 
for processions of the Romanist, and they have used their ^ 
customary methods of villification to keep the people away, 
but our attendance has been good from the first. We had an 
enrollment of 80. in the Vacation Bible School and an average 
attendance of 60. We have a number of candidates for bap- 
tism who are receiving doctrinal instruction in preparation 
for baptism.) 



JUAN ISTUETA REPORTS OF WORK AMONG JEWS 

Cordoba, Argentina, January 28, 1944 

I am writing this letter complying with your wish to know 
something of our problems, victories, and efforts among the 
Jewish people. I should prefer to speak" only of victories, but, 
so far, I can only justly refer to the problems. 

Some years ago, our good sister Mrs. Yoder who is now 
with the Lord, called my attention to the large number ofi 
Jews in this city, and to the fact that seemingly none of the 
Evangelical groups were doing anything for them. She ex-, 
pressed her deep sympathy for them, and asked me to see ifl 
something couldn't be done to give them the Gospel mes- 
sage. This, and further conversations witli her, led me tr 
a strange concern for the Jewish people, something I hat 
never experienced before. 

I had already loved to study the prophecies, which I was 
accustomed to view from the Christian standpoint. But whei 
faced with the problem of taking the Gospel to the Jews 
I felt so lacking in capacity, that I felt at once the need ol' 
special preparation. In my ministry among the Gentiles " 



March 18, 1944 



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had learned to become to the Catholic as Catholic, to the 
Orthodox as Orthodox, to the Protestant as Protestant, etc., 
that "by all means I might save some," (II Cor. 9:22) with 
the exception of the Jew, for to the Jew I was a Christian 
and not a Jew. For a Gentile of good Catholic stock as I 
have been, it is a hard school to make oneself a Jew to the 
Jew, for since childhood I had had so much of the racial 
poison injected into me, that even though my conversion to 
the Lord and later life in Him had transformed in my heart 
hate into love, there was still a lack of understanding of the 
Jew, besides that intuitive knowledge that establishes the 
presence of a middle wall of separation, (Eph. 2:14), in re- 
gard to the unconverted Jew the wall still stands, and they 
are on the other side, where on religious grounds they feel 
far superior to Christians, considering us everlasting rivals 
who are only interested in taking from them the patrimony 
of the law and the prophets. Thus they sense the least at- 
tempt on our part to break dowai that wall, and shield them- 
selves behind the seat of Moses and the teachers who sit 
thereon, (Matt. 23:2), a circumstance which makes it diffi- 
cult to reach them with the Gospel. This made me realize that 
in order to reach them it was necessary not only to break 
down the middle wall of separation, but also to sit in Moses' 
seat and from there present to them, not the Chi-ist of 
Christians as they call Him, but the Christ of the law and the 
prophets, already historical, and marching in majesty in the 
light of the prophetic events which go before Him, now being- 
fulfilled, up to the time of His near manifestations in glory. 

Frankly, faced with the problem of the evangelization of 
the Jew, I felt more than ever my lack of preparation. I 
spoke to Brother Yoder about how delicate the matter was, 
and found that he felt the same way about it, but was not 
hopeless. Prayer and action was our motto.. We got in touch 
with a Jew, an old friend of Dr. Yoder's, and through him 
learned of two strictly Jewish publications, edited in Buenos 
Aires. We subscribed to both of them in order to learn more 
of the contemporary psychology of this people, and we are 
discovering with amazement the fundamental change which 
is taking place in the psychology of this nation because 
of the sweeping Sionistic movement, its prerogatives and 
movement towards the restoration of the Jewish state. We 
are making an earnest study of the prophecies, viewing them 
from the Jewish standpoint and psychology, and we are com- 
pelled to admit that many prophecies which are incompre- 
hensible from the Christian standpoint become marvellously 
clear from the other viewpoint. We are therefore studying 
and working, and we are confident that our labour for Him 
will not be in vain. In the meantime we are well received by 
two Jewish families, whose seven children have attended the 
Daily Vacation Bible School regularly and enthusiastically 
and took outstanding parts in the closing program of the 
school as well as at Christmas time. 

You will pardon my closing here this time. I trust that 
your prayers will accompany us in the Lord. 

Y'ours in Him who is soon to come, 

Juan Istueta. 



warding of the Lord's work in this part of the continent. 

The best news for now is that, thanks to God, we have 
been able to gain more children for the Sunday School classes. 
When we think how much eff'ort it takes to win someone, 
that is to say, a child or an older person, we can not do less 
than give thanks to God for it. Truly, it is not easy work 
to w'in a soul in these times of spiritual coldness and so much 
sin. 

I am very happy because I am able to play hymns in the 
church services. For some time, it was my ambition to he 
more useful to the service of the Lord at the meetings and 
I have thus many opportunities to serve Him. 

Magdalena is now much better, thanks be to God, but we 
have \'et to have the doctor (yesterday) for Esteban and he 
is not able to go to work yet. We have faith in God that they 
will be up soon, if this is according to his Holy will. 

Friday, the eleventh of this month, we held a beautiful 
service in Remedios de Escalada Street, Uriarte N. 1045. 
There were for the first time, some 33 persons, the number 
there never having been more than 26 with the exception of 
one time when we celebrated a little feast and then there 
were more. 

As for my husband, his work increases day by day. Also 
he is called to preach in other churches. Baptist, Methodist, 
Presbyterian, etc., and we have seven weekly meetings here. 
As he likes to say, "Who loses his life in Christ and His ser- 
vice finds it, but he that refuses to serve loses it." It is a 
pleasure when one is used for the good of others, since not 
all can be useful. More useful Christians are needed in the 
work of God for the salvation of the world. 

Without other motive it is my pleasure to salute you in 
the love of our Lord and Savior. 

Your sister in the faith of Jesus, 

Josefa Maria de Anton. 



SENORA ANTON WRITES 

February 16, 1944 

It is with pleasure that I set myself to write these lines 
in order to acquaint you with some of the details of the for- 



BROTHER ZECHE— ROSARIO 

February 10, 1944 

A week ago we returned from our short vacation, my fam- 
ily and I, which we spent at the city of Rio Cuarto and the 
Mountains of Cordoba, and we are very grateful to God for 
this short rest, since it has been many years since we have 
had any vacation. Returning now, I am more comforted and 
have more desire to labor actively in the work. With joy, 
we have found the work of the church going well, with the 
enthusiastic and active young people of our church taking 
our place. It is a good practice for them to take on respon- 
sibility and to find how much they themselves are able to 
do. Actually there are some six young people who desire 
to be baptized and to take active part, these young people 
being converted this year in the tent meetings. We are very 
pleased and happy with the testimonies of these young people 
because they will do much for Christ and His Church. 

I have seen the city of Cordoba, and it pleased me to see 
the work there going so well, and with the work of the tent 
they have converted many young people and older ones for 
Christ. There is great enthusiasm in the forwarding of the 
work. We have seen Dr. Yoder, who is contented for he knows 
that the work in the vineyard of the Lord is not in vain. 

When we arrived home again, with happiness and joy we 
received your last letter. Brother Klingensmith, and we were 



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much pleased. I thank you very much for your goodness. Per- 
mit me also to thank you and all the other Brethren of the 
United States for their goodness in wanting me to go to the 
States next Spring. My desire is to be able to be useful to 
you, but the language hinders me some. I desire or wish to 
speak as well as I can. Therefore I am studying it now and 
I will do all possible to learn it better. 

I also wish to express my satisfaction for the interest 
taken in our plan for building a church. Many thanks for 
your interest and attention. We wish to build in the district 
south of the city of Rosario, an almost new district, which 
is growing rapidly and is fast becoming the home of the 
working class and is a very beautiful place. We wisii to 
build our church simply with room enough for a good attend- 
ance and with proper comfort and ventilation. Also we think 
it is wise to have a parsonage where either we, or the pas- 
tor-missionary can live in order to take care of the property, 
which is very necessary. 

Good material is obtainable for building the church and we 
here are making an effort to have a good collection in order 
to aid in other expenses that will arise during the building, 
so that the Brethren here can also cooperate with you Breth- 
ren of the States, and thus be able to have a good center for 
our work in Rosario. 

Our work in Rosario, or perhaps it is better to say the 
Mission of the Brethren Church in Rosario, has a rich future 
and we are ready, God helping us, to do all that we can to 
aid the work that has been entrusted to us by you. 

We wish to have a church with a seating capacity of 300 
persons, that is to say about 16 meters long by 7 meters 
wide. Also a prayer room. And in the other lot the parson- 
age can be built. I hope to send you a good report soon and 
to tell you all what you wish to know about the plans as 
we can work them out. Many thanks for your goodness and 
interest in the Mission in Rosario and in Argentina. We give 
thanks to God for you and the aid which you give our work. 
Thanks. 

Personally I desire to tell you that we have joy because our 
thirteen year old daughter has received her certificate of 
mastery of the piano, and now she is able to aid much in 
our work and to do much for the boys and girls in the Sun- 
day School. 

It is now hot here and we have very fine meetings in the 
open air. There is always a good attendance. 

Receive, dear Brethren, many appreciations and love in 
Christ. 

Affectionately your brother, 

Adolfo Zeehe. 



• Ou7' Pastors Are Planning 

The Spiritual Institute held at our Seminary on Tuesday, 
Wednesday and Thursday after Easter (April 11, 12, 13) 
has met with a great response from our pastors. 

With Dr. John R. Mulder, P. H. Welshimer, and Robert 
Whyte bringing the messages we should receive a great 
blessing. Dr. Swoyer, of Mansfield, has also been added to the 
list of speakers. Brethren homes in the city of Ashland will 
be opened freely. This is the thing we have wanted for years. 
We hope every preacher will avail himself of this great op- 
portunity. Please, let us not have board and committee meet- 
ings to conflict with this effort in any way. Let us just be 
Brethren together for once without being rushed. 



• The Crusade of Prayer 

When Brethren folks undertake the ministry of 
prayer it is not necessary to sell the idea to them 
every month. This is evidenced by the faithfulness 
of many of our people who have definitely pledged 
to join the prayer crusade. However, the growing 
interest and some of the remarkable answers that 
have happened within the last several months reveal 
the willingness of God to bless a praying people. We 
want you to continue to pray: 

9 For recruits for the Ministry and Seminary. 
O For preachers to take some of our vacant churches im- 
mediately. 

O For a continuation of the success that some of our 
South American Missionaries are enjoyin,g right now. 

9 For sufficient Easter Offering to push forward the 
South American work with a new building in Rosario 
this year. 

O For a surplus with which we can make a contribution 
to vital work in Africa, China or India. (Our lack of 
missionaries right now need not dwarf our missionary 
vision for tomorrow. There are great works being 
blessed that we could marvelously help with but few 
extra dollars. Consider the China Inland Faith Mission 
and remember the Leper colonies. Is any missionary 
work in the world better than these?) 

O For our great drive for 2,000 new members in the 
Brethren Church from this Easter until next Easter. 
This will mean that every church must work if we suc- 
ceed. Prayer will give wings to these efforts. 



WHEN CHRISTIANITY REALLY SUCCEEDS 

A business man in Wales spoke to his office boy about his 
soul, and from that word a work began which won his entire 
office force to Christ. 

A merchant in England determined that no day should pass 
without his speaking to someone about Christ; in one year 
he had led scores to the Master. 

An invalid Christian woman in Australia, for thirty years 
unable to put her foot to the floor, by means of her pen and 
prayer led forty people to Christ in a single year. 

A Christian gentleman spoke to a young boy a few mo- 
ments upon one occasion. That boy became a Christian and 
later a minister of the Gospel. 

A Sunday School teacher took one of her class of boys for 
a walk on a Sabbath afternoon when the session of the school 
was over. She told him of her concern that he should become 
a Christian, and had the joy of seeing him yield his life to 
Christ. These all "redeemed the time." — Selected. 



ENOUGH! 

Said two aged German refugees to Maud'Royden: 
"We have been torn out of our middle class lives and 
our moderate Christianity. We have lost everything. 
We have nothing left but God, and only so do we 
come to know that God is enough." — Th-e Church 
Woman. 



March 18, 1944 



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OUT AND IHTO 

Out of the distance and darkness so deep, 

Out of the settled and perilous sleep; 

Out of the region and shadow of death, 

Out of its foul and pestilent breath: 

Out of the bondage and wearying chains. 

Out of companionship ever with strains: 
Into the light and the glory of God, 
Into the holiest, made clean by blood: 
Into His arms — His embrace and His kiss 
Into the scene of ineffable bliss; 
Into the quiet and infinite calm. 
Into the place of the song and the psalm. 

Wonderful love, that has wrought all for me! 

Wonderful work, that has thus set me free! 

Wonderful ground upon which I have come! 

Wonderful tenderness welcoming home! 

Out of disaster and ruin complete. 

Out of the struggle and dreary defeat. 

Out of my sorrow and burden and shame. 

Out of the evils too fearful to name; 

Out of my guilt, and the criminal's doom. 

Out of the dreading, the terror, the gloom; 
Into the sense of forgiveness and rest. 
Into inheritance with all the blest, 
Into a righteous and permanent peace. 
Into the grandest and fullest release, 
Into the comfort without an alloy, 
Into a perfect and confident joy. 

Wonderful holiness, bringing to light! 

Wonderful grace, putting all out of sight! 

Wonderful wisdom, devising the w-ay! 

Wonderful power, that nothing can stay! 

Out of my poverty, into His wealth. 

Out of my sickness, into pure health; 

Out of the false and into the true. 

Out of the "old man,' 'into the "new"; 

Out of what measures the full length of "lost," 

Out of it all — and at infinite cost! 

Into what must with that cost correspond, 
Into that which there is nothing beyond. 
Into the union which nothing can part. 
Into what satisfies Him and my heart. 
Into the deepest of joy ever had — 
Into the gladness of making God glad! 

Wonderful Person, whose face I'll behold! 

Wonderful story, then all to be told! 

Wonderful, all the dread way that He trod! 

Wonderful end — He has brought me to God! — M. T. 



Lord forgive, 

That I have dwelt too long on Golgotha, 

My wracked eyes fixed 

On Thy poor, tortured human form upon the Cross, 

And have not seen 

The lilies in Thy dawn-sweet garden bend 

To anoint Thy risen feet; nor known the ways 

Thy radiant spirit walks abroad with men! — Selected. 




THE 



HIDDEN 

CROSS 

By Helen Arnold 



I saw the cross — 'twas not on lofty tower 

Where chimes were pealed and anthems sweetly sung, 
But planted in Golgotha's lonely bower 

And dark'ning clouds of sorrow 'round it clung. 

I saw the cross — its form hung o'er my heart, 

But not on golden chain or rosary; 
And though in life's pursuits I found a part. 

This cross was unobserved by all but me. 

I saw the cross again — 'twas pictured not 
On garb of pilgrim seeking empty tomb. 

But stamped upon my word, my deed, my thought; 
I found I, too, a pilgrim had become. 

This cross now glows with heavenly light divine. 
It helps me over life's most rugged road; 

Methinks, dear Lord, it is a staff of Thine 
By which I'll reach the Paradise of God. 

EASTERTIDE 

Lucile McGregor Campbell 

world, by sin and grief and want molested, 

earth, by blood and tears and sorrow pressed; 

fathers, mothers, pierced in soul, unrested, 

sons of men in garb of war now dressed; 

little children, cast upon rough waters, 

aged ones who trek across lost lands; 

sorrow-stricken Christian sons and daughters — 

Lift up your heads, and strengthen one another's hands. 

For lo! upon a sure and cloudless morning 
Pink buds will dot a bare and blackened bough, 
And warm and sweet the winds will blow at dawning, 
Tliough storms and thunder overwhelm you now. 

He, too, felt spears in heart and palms and side; 
You, too, like Him, shall know an Eastertide! 

THE VICTOR 

He died! 

And with Him perished all that men hold dear; 

Hope lay within the sepulchre; 

Love grew cold, and all things beautiful beside 

Died when He died. 

He 'rose! 

And with Him hope 'rose and life and light. 

Men said: "Not Christ, but death died yesternight: 

And joy and truth and all things virtuous. 

Rose when He 'rose." 

He lives! 

And in Him all men born again 
Shall ever live with Him to reign. 
To them eternal life He gives. 
Because He lives. — Millard A. Jenkins. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Tnpini flnpyrtehtod br thi* Tnttmiatioiial Society of Chrlatian EudftBror. 
Used by permiaslon." 



C. E. Topic for March 25. 1944 

"DOES LOVE EVER FAIL?" 

Scripture: I Cor. 13:8; I John 4:7-12 

For The Leader 

We are face to face today with a great test of the doctrine 
of love. Every\vhere we go we run into things which do not 
show much love. In school we find a bit of jealousy or hatred. 
Sometimes it looks to us as if those who do not show much 
love for God or others, are getting all of the breaks. We 
may well ask ourselves this question of the reliability of 
love. Tonight we desire to bring out some things which will 
help us to see that love will always triumph, that it will 
never fail. We wish to show that love is a working principle 
of the Christian which will prove valuable whenever we use it. 

DISCUSSION 

1. GOD'S TESTIMONY OF LOVE. If ever love should 
have failed as a principle of life, it was in the garden of 
Eden. Do we realize that had it not been for the restraining 
power of love itself, that the fate of Adam and Eve might 
have been much worse than it was? Did love fail? No, it 
did not because love means sympathy, understanding and 
mercy. And God showed these powers in His dealings with 
the imgrateful and disobedient Adam and Eve. Do we realize 
that God's love for His children endured to the uttermost 
when, in the wilderness, the Israelites forsook Him and wor- 
shipped a golden calf? 

Love will not overlook justice. Wrong must be punished. 
God loved Adam and Eve, yet justice demanded that they 
be punished. Through it all, God loved them and showed them 
mercy. His dealings with them should show us a vital fact 
for today. Wlien our parents or Pastor suggest that we have 
been doing wrong, they do not do it because they no longer 
love us. Far from it. They correct us because they do love 
us and want us to do better. God chastises us for wrong do- 
ing. If we are willing to take well meant corrections, it will 
be a triumph of love, and a help to us. 

2. JESUS AND TRIUMPHANT LOVE. Jesus is our best 
example of true unfailing love in all its conditions. Love was 
greater than racial hatreds when He talked with the Samari- 
tan woman at the well. Love exercised patience with His 
fello'wmien when He was called upon to still the tempest. Love 
unfailing was demonstrated by Jesus when He sought a va- 
cation for rest, but found it not when the multitudes pressed 
upon Him. He had compassion on them. How many of these 
tests can we meet today? 

Jesus shows love unfailing by giving assistance to the wom- 
an who had been sick for so many years. Love survives an- 
other test in Christ when He forgives a woman who had 
committed adultery. Do we forgive those who are overtaken 
in sin or do we run them "do^vn to earth?" Jesus was taken 
captive, showing that love in a humble heart could triumph 
over thoughts of revenge. In Pilate's hall, love expressed it- 
self unfailing in duty. On the cross we see the greatest test 
of love — forgiveness — compassion — sacrifice. Love did not fail, 
for on the resurrection morning, love triumphed over death, 
to become the supreme force to rule the hearts of men. By 



His life and work, Jesus showed us that love can meet every 
test and condition, and it will not fail. 

3. WHY LOVE CANNOT FAIL. If we have failed in the 
exercising of love it is because we do not know the secrets 
of true love. By this love we mean a love which will give 
us the right attitude and feeling toward any condition in life 
which might otherwise result in hardship, hate or revenge. 
"Love is of God." We must know God before we know how to 
love. Natural man does not know how to love. He may show 
affection or "goodwill," but only those who know God can 
know how to really love each other. 

Because love is of God, it cannot fail. Love is as eternal 
as God. When we use love as the guiding principle of our life 
we are guaranteeing ourselves that we are making the best 
eflfort to live among others as God would have us to live. 

4. WHAT LOVE CAN DO FOR US TODAY. Love, as prac- 
ticed by the Christian, is heaven on earth. Only as we know 
God and keep a daily contact viith Him can we best show 
this love. If our love for Him grows cold, then our practice 
of love will grow colder yet. Love then, can make us happy. 
Knowledge of Christ's love for us assures us of eternal right- 
eousness and of strength for each day. This removes un- 
certainty and worry — two chief causes of unhappiness. Love 
can win friends for us. In being considerate of others and 
in our thoughts of them, if we exercise true love, they will 
like us. Not necessarily because of any beauty or ability 
which we may have, but they will like us because we are 
considerate of them. 

Love will help lis to serve Christ better. Our Church attend- 
ance and work ^^^ll become a pleasure to us instead of a bur- 
den. Love can win for us periods of fellowship and friendship 
which we shall value all of our life. Love for each other 
makes it possible for God to dwell within us, which is in 
itself a great blessing. 

5. IS LOVE TRIUMPHANT IN YOUR LIFE TODAY? 
God is love. We belong to God, but to be truly His, we must 
have love throughout our hearts. We must always be consid- 
erate of others. We must seek no revenge, nor speak words 
which reflect on the character of others. We dare not seek 
to climb by tearing another dowm. In spite of the ruin prom- 
ised to those who so do, we find an alarming number who 
seek to raise themselves in the opinion of others by defaming 
the character of another person. It is a common practice, 
but when engaged in, shows a failing of love in our heart. 

Love, to be made "fail-proof" in the life we live, must be 
wrapped and supported by prayer. Not vain repetition, but 
sincere heart prayer. We all make the mistakes common to 
man. God gave us love so that we could overlook those mis- 
takes in others. Love is the cushion which makes it possible 
for all of us to live in close contact with each other and not 
get hurt. It cannot fail and we dare not let it fail within 
ourselves through lack of exercise. Love is the oil which 
enables us to operate this machine of life without a lot of 
clatter. 

6. SECURING THIS UNFAILING LOVE. We know that 
love originates in God. To have love ourselves we must know 
God. He must be kept supreme in our life. We must dedicate 
all that we have to Him. We must promise to live for Him 
and serve Him. In this way He will always help us to over- 
come hate, revenge and selfishness. It may make it necessary 
at times to stand firm on our convictions but love will not fail 
us then, either. Yes, love will meet every test when it is 
founded in a life dedicated to the source of love, even God. 
It is a main working power of the Christian. Let us use it 
more and more each day, for there is no other way which 
leads to life eternal. 



March 18, 1944 



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QUESTIONS 

1. Give your definition of love. 

2. Can a person possess true love for God and still engage 
in unchristian things ? 

3. Is it not true that we do mostly what we love to do ? 
And does this not bring out the fact that we engage in so- 
cial amusements because we love to do thera ? Also, is it not 
true that if these social amusements are not in accord with 
Christian decency, that we are showing love for them more 
than we do for God? 

4. How can we best show today that love is an unfailing 
principle of life? 



PRAYER MEETING DEPARTMENT 

Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Suggested Outlines 



Lesson 60 
Subject: Mary, of Bethany 

1. Last week we studied Martha who was careful and 
troubled about many things. Martha, who was busy getting 
things done. This week we are to study Mary who gave her- 
self to profound thought, meditation and devotion. What 
minister would not be glad for Martha's excellent cookery 
so freely and willingly given! And what minister has not 
been thrilled by Mary as she drinks in his every word! Both 
the Marthas and the Marys have a right to exist. The world 
needs them both. 1 Corinthians 12:27-31. 

2. Mary was busier internally than she was externally. She 
quietly observed every thing. She saw what others did not 
see. I imagine she made few mistakes in evaluating things. 
Like Mary, the virgin mother, she pondered all things in her 
heart. Luke 2:19; Isaiah 30:15. 

3. Mary gave herself to the sweetness and beauty of quiet 
meditation. On three different occasions she showed herself 
to be that kind of woman. First, Jesus had stopped at her 
home in Bethany. Martha hastened to serve him with the 
things of this life. But Mary sat at his feet and lost herself 
in his heavenly discourse. Luke 10:38, 39; Matthew 6:25. 

4. Second, when Lazarus died, Martha went running to meet 
Jesus, but Mary sat still in the house. Again she was obliv- 
ious to things going on around her. No doubt she was re- 
calling some things she had heard Jesus say about the heav- 
enly home. She was so busy thinking about the things she 
had learned of him. Lazarus had been dead four days. Perhaps 
Mary was not expecting Jesus to come now. Efficient Mar- 
tha, of course, heard He was coming, and ran to meet Him, 
while Mary sat still in the house. But as soon as Mary heard 
He was there, she arose quickly and went to Him. John 11:29. 

5. The third time we see Mary was just before Jesus went 
to the cross. Again, He stopped at Bethany, and again Mar- 
tha prepared the meal. Nothing was lacking to the casual 
observer. But Mary saw something was lacking and has- 
tened to supply it. She anointed the feet of Jesus with costly 
spikenard. John 12:1-3. 

6. Judas Iscariot objected to Mary's act of devotion. (The 
5ons of Judas are still objecting to any worth-\vhile service 
a devoted person gives. Some people's object in life is ob- 
ijecting.) Judas suggested that the ointment should have been 
sold and the price of it given to the poor. (Did you ever 



notice how the sons of Judas are always so free to dictate 
what shall be done with the money other folks giv§ ? ) John 
says Judas objected, not because he cared for the poor, but 
because he was a thief, and hoped to get his fingers on the 
money. John 12:4-6. 

7. Mary seemed to be dedicating the Lamb of God to the 
sacrifice He was about to make. Jesus commanded that she 
should be left alone. That she had come to anoint His body 
aforehand to the burial. They could give to the poor at any 
time. Mark 14:6-8; Matthew 26:10-12. 

8. The Lord approved of what Mary did. He said that wher- 
ever the Gospel would be preached the story would be told 
and people would remember, quiet, devoted, lovable Mary. 
Matthew 26:13; Mark 14:9. 

9. Martha's service was the showiest. But many of us will 
be surprised when we get to heaven and find that some quiet 
little person will occupy the place of honor. The quiet, devoted 
persons meet with less sympathy in this world than do 
their more active sisters. Pietism is always active. Yet it is 
worth remembering that Jesus said, "Mary hath chosen that 
good part." Luke 10:42. 

10. Let us be warned that Mary's sacrifice was not just 
passive service. It was warm and glowing. Jesus assured her 
that she would be remembered throughout the coming gener- 
ations. She is. 



COULD IT HAPPEN AGAIN? 

A little pamphlet entitled "The Only Way to Win the 
War," published by the Dixie Bible Bureau of Tennessee, 
contains the following interesting item: "Dr. Len G. Brough- 
ten stated in an address: 'On the very night that all the 
world expected Paris to fall in 1918, I was in London, pas- 
tor of Spurgeon's old tabernacle. Although no service had 
been announced for that night, I felt strangely impressed to 
get up, dress, and go to the church. When I got there, the 
large auditorium was half filled, with hundreds of people — 
the most consecrated people in the church — praying for the 
deliverance of Paris, France. Some were e^'en prostrate pray- 
ing God to spare and deliver Paris.' 

"Dr. G. Campbell Morgan, who heard this statement made, 
immediately arose and said: 'At that very time I was pastor 
of Christ's Church, London, and on that same identical night, 
after I had retired, I too, felt strangely impressed to get up, 
dress, and go to my church. Although no service had been 
announced and it was far past the hour for a service, several 
hundred people were there, earnestly praying for the deliver- 
ance of Paris.' How many thousands, in humble homes or 
churches elsewhere, were directed by the Lord to pray, we 
will never know until we reach the glory. However, history 
records what happened the next morning . . . Paris was deliv- 
ered. The tide of German conquest reached its highest mark 
that night; from that night it receded until the Armistice 
was signed." 



A Moslem said to a Christian in India, "We have a proof 
in our religion which you do not have in Christianity. When 
we go to Mecca we can see the tomb of Mohammed, so we 
know that such a person lived. But when Christians go to 
Palestine they can find no such tomb of Christ. Therefore we 
Moslems have a proof that you Christians do not have." To 
this the Christian replied, "You are right. We have no tomb 
in Christianity, because we have a living Christ." — fi. Stanley 
Jones. 



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My 

Easter 

Offering 




Answering a Risen Sccvior's Call 
"GO QUICKLY AND TELL" 



Again the strain of the Gospel echo pulls at 
the hearts of Christians who long to spread the 
hope that the Easter Victory has brought. A 
sorry world needs that hope more than ever be- 
fore. 

The Easter Offering of Brethren will regis- 
ter the degree to which we keep His trust with 
Us. 



Name 

Address 

Church 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
Ashland, Ohio 



"... Whosoever shall call upon the 
name of the Lord shall be saved. 

How then shall they call on Mm m 
whom they have not believed? and hoiv 
shall they believe in him of ivhom they 
have not heard, and how shall they hear 
without a preacher? 

And hoiu shall they preach, except 
they be sent? as it is tvritten, How beau- 
tiful are the feet of them that preach 
the gospel of peace, and bring glad tid- 
ings of good things!" Romans 10:13-15. 



"Go ye therefore, and teach all na- 
tions, baptizing them in the oiame of the 
Father, and of tlw Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost : 

Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I Juive commanded you: 
and, to, I am with you alway, even unto 
the end of the world." Mathew 28:19, 
20. 






WE PLEAD FOR VICTORY! 
By William Hiram Foulkes 

We plead for victory, this darkened hour; 
For overthrow of those who foully plot 
To overthrow our liberties, to blot 
The cause of freedom, and to overthrow 
Democracy with might; to make to cower 
In dust all those who loving peace, will not 
Surrender truth to madness. May the hot 
Consuming fires of right our foes o'er- 

power ! 
Before they fall, Lord, what flesh may 

stand ? 
Our pride and greed rise up, our lust and 

shame. 
Our pagan, racial strife. Lord forgive 
Our evil ways ! Have mercy on the land 
We love, Christ of God ! Thy holy name 
Supreme, at length shall make true free- 
dom live! 



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Volume LXVI 
March 25,1944 



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The Brethren Eyangeli 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Published fifty weeks of the year at 

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ASHLAND, OHIO 

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EDITOR MISSIONARY NUMBER 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith 

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ARE YOU PLANNING TO ATTEND? 

The fine three-day institute, sponsored by 
Ashland Seminary, and open to ministers and 
laymen, will be held in the College Buildings 
and at the First Brethren Church of Ashland, 
on April 11, 12, and 13. Are you planning to 
attend? Lodging will be furnished free to you 
by the membership and friends of the Ash- 
land Church. BUT you should send in your 
resei"vations to the committee, telling them 
you will be here and for what time. Write any 
member of the committee. All addresses are 
Ashland. The committee is composed of : 

Mrs. Fred C. Vanator, 141 College Avenue 
Mrs. J. R. Klingensmith, 524 College Avenue 
Mrs. M. A. Stuckey, 523 Samaritan Avenue 

DO IT NOW . . . .YOU MIGHT FORGET! 



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INTERESTING ITEMS 



THE VINCO, PENNSYLVANIA, BULLETIN, under dj 
of February 27, makes announcement of the special Lent 
program, the Pre-Easter and Easter services, Pre-Pentecosi 
services. Mother's Day, etc., continuing the announcemc 
through June 4th. We note that the Home Coming and A 
niversary Day of the church is set for May 28th and t 
Communion Sunday as of June 4th. Interested isolated mei 
bers might well note these dates for future reference. Broth 
C. Y. Gilmer is the pastor. 

We also note that Brother Gilmer gives the average i 
tendance and offering of the Vinco Church for the year 19 
as follows: Morning attendance — 94; Evening attendance 
88; Offerings— $142.59; Sunday School attendance— 151 ; Su 
day School offering — $16.68. How does that average up wi 
your church? 

THE PITTSBURGH BRETHREN CHURCH is substituti: 
the "Brethren Emphasis Lessons" for the adult lessons 
the Sunday School for a period of three weeks precedil 
Easter. 

A UNIQUE CALENDAR, WHICH IS ISSUED MONTHL 
by Brother Vernon D. Grisso of the Dayton Brethren Chun 
carries all the announcements of the meetings of the mon 
of March in the form of a day by day calendar as we ha: 
on the wall. There is no need for anyone to miss any of t 
meetings of the church if they keep this calendar hung in 
conspicuous place. 

FROM THE WARSAW, INDIANA, BULLETIN, Dr. R. 
Porte, pastor, we learn that Brother J. Ray Klingensmi 
was present at the church on a preaching mission for thi 
days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 8, 9, and ;. 
This series of meetings came as a beginning of the weeklj 
meetings by Dr. Bame, who held forth in Warsaw this lil 
week. j 

WE LEARN FROM THE BRYAN, OHIO, BULLETll 

that the Bryan Church is preparing to redecorate the wa; 

of the church very soon. It never detracts from the servii; 

to have a church fresh and clean for the service of the Mastl 

I 
Brother Stewart is pastor. 1 

BROTHER E. J. BEEKLEY, PASTOR OF THE WE! 
ALEXANDRIA, OHIO, church sends word that the Gu. 
Speaker for the Pre-Easter and Easter services of that chuJ 
will be Dr. R. V. Bollinger, of Ashland College. Dr. Bollinj 
is much sought after as a speaker and always deliversij 
fine spiritual message wherever he goes. We also learn fFj 
the Bulletin of March 5th that Brother Klingensmith recen^ 
gave a fine inspirational address at the West Alexandi 
church on the subject of "Personal Evangelism." 

THE MILLEDGEVILLE, ILLINOIS, BULLETIN of Ma; 
12th tells of the emergency operation for appendicitis 
Brother W. St. Clair Benshoff, pastor of the Milledgev 
Church. Word from Mrs. Benshoff tells us that he is recov 
ing nicely. The pastor of the Dutchtown Church of the Bre 
ren. Brother Miller, had charge of the services of the Jt 
ledgeville church while the pastor is indisposed. 

A NEW BULLETIN MADE ITS APPEARANCE and fi:i 
its way to the desk of the editor. It is the bulletin of j 
Third Church of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, whose new pas'i; 
Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman, has been recently installed/ 1 
takes the name of "The Crusader," and is punched so it > 
easily be kept in loose-leaf note book for preservation. T | 
is a unique idea. 



March 25, 1944 



OHIO PASTORS, PLEASE NOTE 

You have already noted the arrangements for the 
Pastor's Institute at Ashland, Ohio, sponsored by the 
Ashland Seminary, under the dates of April 11, 12 
and 13. Ohio pastors are urged to attend in lieu of 
the Spring Ministerium usually held in Ashland. 

Signed: J. G. Dodds, President 

Ohio Ministerium Association 



Report of the Treasurer of the 
Benevolent Board 

(From August 1, 1943 to March 1, 1944) 

Rev. and Mrs. W. R. Deeter $ 2.00 

Southeastern District W. M. S 10.00 

True ^lue Sunday School Class (Roann) 4.00 

Olive and Jennie Graber (Sapula, Okla.) 10.00 

Harry I. Riner (West Alexandria) 10.00 

Manteca, California, Sunday School 18.47 

Columbus, Ohio, Church 5.20 

Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Mikesell (Clayton) 10.00 

LaVerne, California, Church 11.75 

National Woman's Missionary Society 600.00 

W. M. S., Roanoke, Indiana 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Early (Miamasburg, Ohio) 4.00 

Indiana Southern District S. S. Rally 42.53 

Mrs. Nora Swinehart (Smithville, Ohio) 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Naugle (Smithville, Ohio) 25.00 

Mrs. Egnes Elliott (Lathrop, Cal.) 20.00 

Mrs. Agnes Lemon (Portis, Kan.) 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Lemon (Portis, Kan.) 10.00 

G. J. WoUers (Portis, Kan.) 3.00 

Mrs. Maude Wingard (South Bend, Ind.) 5.00 

Mrs. Sadie Snyder (New Lebanon, Ohio) 5.00 

Miss Alice Conover (New Lebano.n, Ohio) 5.00 

Ellen G. Lichty 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Imboden (Mt. Zion) 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Hereter 10.00 

Mrs. C. W. Shaffer 4.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Hostetler and Helen 

(Summit Mills) 7.00 

H. H. Horner (Brighton, Indiana) 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Ranch (New Lebanon, Ohio) 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Campbell (Fremont, Ohio) 8.00 

Loyal Women's Sunday School Class (Elkhart) 12.00 

Altruist Sunday School Class (Elkhart) 7.00 

Total gifts for period $883.95 

FIRST TEN CHURCHES TO REPORT 
BENEVOLENT OFFERING 

Lost Creek, Kentucky 
Teegarden, Indiana 
Highland, Penn. 
Williamstown, Ohio 



Mt. Olivet of Georgetown, Del. 
Denver, Indiana 
Fort Scott, Kansas 

Fairview S. S. (Washington C. H.) Ohio 
Udell, Iowa 

North Georgetown, Ohio 
(The amount of the offerings will be given in the March 
report.) 

As you will note the Ashland Church does not appear in 
the above list. This does not mean that the Ashland offering 
has not been turned to the treasurer. But we had promised 
not to list the Ashland Church among the first ten to turn 
in their offering, since this would be an undue advantage 
to the Ashand Church, as the Benevolent treasurer is pastor 
of the Ashland congregation. However in fairness to the 
Ashland Church we are reporting that the offering of this 
church is the largest reported at the time this report was 
turned to the Editor of the Evangelist for publication. That 
offering is now $250.00. Can you top it? We vi'ill see when 
the next report is given. 

L. V. King, Treasiirer. 

IResolutions of IRespect 

Resolutions of Respect in the Passing of Brother 
Geo. F. Kem 

Whereas in the working of Divine Providence, the 
Father of us all has removed from our midst the 
spirit of our esteemed and worthy fellow member 
of the Ashland College Board of Trustees, brother 
George F. Kem; and 

Whereas the long and intimate relation held with 
him in the faithful discharge of his duties as a mem- 
ber and officer of this Board, as well as a real ad- 
visor at all times, makes it eminently befitting that 
we record our appreciation of him; therefore be it, 

Resolved, That we bow in deep humility before 
our Father above in thanksgiving for the fellowship 
and service of the departed brother; 

Resolved, That the wisdom and ability which he 
has exercised in faithful service to our Board and 
College, as well as to the Brethren church in gener- 
al will be held in grateful remembrance ; 

Resolved, That the sudden removal of such a life 
from our midst leaves a shadow and void that will 
be deeply realized by all the members of this Board, 
and will prove a serious loss to the College, the 
church, his community and above all to his home; 

Resolved, That with deepest sympathy for the be- 
reaved family of the deceased a copy of these reso- 
lutions be forwarded them, a copy be printed in the 
Brethren Evangelist and a copy be spread upon the 
minutes of the regular meeting of the College Board 
of Trustees held June, 1944. 

Respectfully submitted by committee for the Board : 
E. L. Miller, Pres. of the Board, 
H. J. Amstutz, Sec. of the Board, 
E. G. Mason, Pres. of Ashland College. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



The 7\[eed and the Power of Prayer 



^y "Mrs. C L. Miller. 



Delivered at Day of Prayer in Smithville, Ohio 



It is my belief that communion with God will be 
cut off unless we, as individuals, use prayer as a con- 
tinual practice in our lives. Abraham Lincoln once 
said, "I have been driven to my knees by the over- 
whelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go." 
George Washington was also a praying man. While 
at Valley Force he spent much time on his knees in 
prayer, praying most fervently. Some one has said, 
"Pray as though all depended on God — work as 
though all depended on you." Pray and obey — pray 
and work — we must be all out for God. Christ gave 
His life for us. 

The Psalmist said, "I will lift up mine eyes to the 
hills from whence cometh my help." (Ps. 121:1). 
We need to look up at the beginning of each new day ; 
we need to lift up our eyes towards those things that 
are uplifting. There is a view that we need and can 
only have by looking up ; there is something new and 
untried before us each new day; there is hope and 
expectancy along the way that we are to travel. 
Every Christian should comprehend the advantage 
of being on an elevation near to God. At the dawn 
of morning we know not but that during the day 
we shall be called upon to travel out upon the plains, 
down in the valleys, or climb to the high plateaus. 
Therefore let us wait on Him in prayer to be car- 
ried by the Spirit to the "Hills of the Lord" for a 
clearer view, a pure insight, and a sense of direction 
for each new day. 

Jesus lived a life of prayer and He taught his dis- 
ciples to pray. Much weakness in Christian lives is 
due to neglect of prayer — Much strength is due to 
the diligent cultivation of prayer. When we fail to 
spend much time in prayer our faith weakens, our 
zeal in the performance of Christian duties wanes, 
and we are less able to meet temptations that come 
to us daily. Jesus knew the dangers that lurk to at- 
tack prayerless lives, so He taught His disciples to 
pray. He set the example — He lived a life of prayer 
— He commanded that we pray : He emphasized "that 
men ought always to pray and not to faint." 

"Pray without ceasing" was Paul's command to 
the Thessalonians. Never grow discouraged in 
prayer: the Father will answer in His own good 
time if we but keep our hearts receptive for His 
message. 

We need, in our daily lives, to experience that 
keenness of spiritual insight which led the poet Ten- 
nyson to say, "More things are wrought by prayer 
than this world dreams of." Without prayer we must 
depend upon our own wisdom and strength which 



are always inadequate. When we are faithful in our 
prayer life it becomes possible for God to manifest 
His power in us and through us. 

Note the appalling sight of the crippled and 
broken American Homes due to the lack of prayer 
in the Home. It has been said "the Home is the heart 
of the nation." What is true of the home is true of 
the nation. Every time I pick up a daily paper I see 
more and more concerning Delinquency of American 
children. In reviewing the case history of Geneva 
girls "(a home for delinquent girls), we find some 
disheartening facts. A recent survey of 312 cases re- 
vealed exactly 10 girls whose natural parents were 
living together at the time these girls experienced 
their downfall. Broken homes are doubtless the cause 
of delinquency with young girls. 

A happy home is the best type of heaven. To have 
a happy Christian home is more important than tc 
have an elaborate house. A Home, whether a castle 
or a cottage, is not what it should be until it has 
been hallowed by the practice of prayer. In oui 
homes we should cultivate in every possible way s 
deep sense of the presence of our unseen Guests 
that Presence will hallow every household. Yes 
Prayer changes things, changes men, changes homes i 
Prayer is the main-spring of religion. It is as essen-j 
tial to the soul as food is to the body. We are mucl^ 
concerned about taking time to eat, but how often dc| 
we give the same amount of time and concern iij 
caring for our souls? But why? "Blessed are thejj 
that do hunger and thirst after righteousness foi 
they shall be filled." Our Lord spoke those words 
Perhaps some are not hungry for spiritual food. I: 
not, why not? We get hungry for food because o 
exercising the body ; then, dare I say, that those whi 
do not hunger for spiritual food have not exercise( 
enough — have not worked hard enough as Chris 
tians ! In other words some Christians have laid dowi 
on the job. If all the facts were known concerninj 
the life of a backslider, I think that he first slippei ' 
and became careless in his "Quiet Hour" — alone wit! 
God — before his place in the church pew was va 
cated. 

John Henry Newman is said to have spent twi 
hours daily in prayer. John Wesley rose at fou 
o'clock each morning to begin his daily devotions j 
Christ Himself took time from the night to pray; 

H. I. Phillips, a writer for the New York Sun, i 
a recent article on "What does America need mor 
than 50,000 planes?" writes, "A spiritual awakenin 
is needed! One deep enough to remove the 'notioi 



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that a man is all right if he manages to listen to a 
radio sermon occasionally ! A return to the old time 
standards of character; a return to the Faith of our 
fathers, to the things of Holy Writ and the impulse 
in All Crises to turn to God in humility instead of 
turning to politicians in panic!" He joins those of 
America who are calling the nation to return to God. 

In these days of war, fathers and mothers are 
giving their sons for the cause of humanity. It is no 
easy thing to see the child of one's heart go out to 
battle. Where shall parents find strength for such 
sacrifice? We look into the Scriptures and find these 
words: "And God was with the lad," (Gen. 21:20). 
If God was with the lad of long ago, surely He will 
be with the lads of today whose parents entrust 
them to His never failing care. 

In James we read "the fervent effectual prayer 
of a righteous man availeth much." In Matthew 21 : 
22, "All things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, 
believing, ye shall receive." Apparently it is not un- 
til we are alone with God that great issues of our 
lives are made clear. As we study men of the Bible 
we find this true — from the Garden of Eden to John 
on the lonely isle of Patmos. The Divine record could 
never be written but for those lives who came to be 
alone with God. 

Dr. Alexis Carrel, M.D., has long been impressed 
by the fact that many of life's phenomena cannot be 
scientifically explained. He knows, for example, that 
miracles of healing are possible — he spent weeks 
studying them, and will never forget seeing a can- 
cerous sore shrivel to a scar before his eyes. Dr. 
Carrel concluded 33 years of biological research in 
Rockefeller Institute in 1939. In an article on 
"Prayer Is Power" he said: "Prayer is a force as 
real as terrestrial gravity. As a physician, I have 



seen men after all other therapy had failed, lifted 
out of disease and melancholy by serene effort of 
prayer. It is the only power in the world that seems 
to overcome the so-called laws-of-nature. The occa- 
sions on which prayer has done this has been termed 
miracles. But a constant quieter miracle takes place 
hourly in the hearts of men and women who have 
discovered that prayer supplies them with a steady 
flow of sustaining power in their daily lives. We 
derive most power from prayer when we use it, not 
as a petition, but, as a supplication that we may 
become more like Him." 

"One can pray everywhere: in the streets, the 
subway, the office, the shop, the school — as well as 
in the solitude of one's own room, or among the 
crowd in a church. There is no prescribed posture, 
time or place," says Dr. Carrel. 

The early church people were praying people. If 
the churches today are lacking Spiritual Power is it 
not because too many people do not pray? to many 
who seem afraid to get down on their knees ? to many 
who seem ashamed for people to hear them speak 
the name of Jesus? If the world is to be won to 
Christ, Christian people must follow His example 
and live such lives that the Spirit of God be revealed 
to others in daily living. The world is hungry for 
Jesus — hungering and thirsting for Spiritual food. 
How are they going to be fed? How are they going 
to see Jesus ? A great responsibility rests on you and 
me — the world is looking to Christians to see what 
Christianity means to us. We must not fail them — 
we must live such lives so that the world can see 
Jesus in us. Jesus said, "He that hath seen me hath 
seen the Father." Can the world see Jesus in you? 
Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world." What 
kind of a light are we making? 




The Minister and His V^or\ 

By Rev. Dr. Arthur H. Smith, Pastor Emeritus 
Trinity Lutheran Church, Ashland, Ohio 

Being the first of a senes of three addresses delivered before sessions 
of the Natiomd Brethren Mi7mte7-ial Association at the General Confer- 
ence of the Brethren Church at Ashland, Ohio, August 23-29, 1943. 



I. THE MINISTER AS A PREACHER 

When we were invited to prepare and bring to you this 
series of addresses, it was suggested that we spealc upon 
the general theme of "The Minister and His Work" with the 
request that we speak of some of the lessons of an expe- 
rience of fifty years and more in the Christian ministry and 
;he active pastorate. This shall be our purpose. We have 
ihosen as our particular subjects; I. The Minister as a 
Preacher; II. The Minister as a Pastor; and III. The Minis- 
ter as an (Example. 



In taking up our first subject, The Minister as a Preacher, 
it may be well at the very beginning to inquire — What is 
preaching? Preaching has usually been defined simply and 
literally as "the act of delivering religious discourses." How- 
ever, the more particular concept of Christian preaching can 
only be reached by considering the clear objective of this 
"great and peculiar appointment of the Lord Jesus Christ," 
namely, that of making Christ known to the world for the 
salvation of men. Christian preaching, therefore, is the proc- 
lamation of the Gospel of Christ for the evangelization of 
lost souls and the edification of believers. Preaching is a 



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peculiar characteristic of the Christian religion and, as an 
agency of witness-bearing and evangelization, differentiates 
it from all other faiths. 

The authority for the office of preaching is to be found 
in the Lord Himself. Jesus, from the beginning of His earthly 
ministry taught and preached, often with a few for His 
audience, sometimes with great multitudes listening with 
absorbed attention to His message. Christ was a preacher, 
but He also called and ordained other preachers. In His early 
ministry, it is recorded that He selected disciples from among 
His hearers and "He ordained twelve, that they should be 
with him and that he might send them forth to preach." 
(Mark 3:14). And then at the close of His ministry, before 
the Ascension, Jesus gave to His disciples that never-to-be- 
forgotten commission, "Go ye into all the world and preach 
the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15). 

It is certain that it is our Lord's purpose that His King- 
dom should be advanced by the agency of preaching. This 
was the conviction of St. Paul, for he said, "For after that 
in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, 
it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them 
that believe." (1 Cor. 1:21). Thus then was instituted the 
office of the preacher of the Gospel. A preacher is a disciple 
of Christ, called by God through the Church to bear witness 
to the truth and to preach the glad tidings of salvation to a. 
lost and suffering world. His is the liighest and noblest call- 
ing of which it is possible to conceive, for it offers an op- 
portunity for bringing the highest good to men, a spiritual 
good that touches the soul; a field for rendering the most 
unselfish service to our fellow men; a field for the highest 
and most persuasive eloquence to draw men to Christ the 
Savior. 

It would be profitable to trace the history of preaching in 
the life of the Church if we had the time. Suffice it to say 
that there have been many great preachers whose work has 
been richly fruitful during the past nineteen centuries, such 
as Paul, Peter, Chrysostom, Augustine, St. Bernard, those 
of the Reformation in the sixteenth century and those of 
more recent periods. One thing impresses us, that in times 
of spiritual declension in the Church, preaching has declined 
and sometimes almost disappeared. This was the case in the 
Middle Ages, particularly in the so-called "Dark Ages," when 
the Roman priesthood left the people in dense ignorance of 
the Gospel. But preaching has always accompanied a spirit- 
ual awakening, or better, a spiritual awakening has always 
accompanied true preaching. 

In the Middle Ages, when preaching had almost completely 
ceased, the monastic orders of St. Dominic and St. Francis 
were founded with the specific purpose of preaching the Gos- 
pel to the people. As these orders grew rapidly the preach- 
ing friars went forth over all Europe proclaiming the Chris- 
tian faith to crowds and promoting what amounted to a par- 
tial revival of religion. The Reformation of the sixteenth 
century was marked by a great revival of preaching and 
of evangelical religion, the leaders of the movement being 
strong and effective preachers whose work resulted in wide- 
spread spiritual fruits. Later when the English Church be- 
came cold and formal it was the powerful preaching of Wes- 
ley and Whitefield which revived the British churches to new 
spiritual life with the Methodist Church resulting. In the 
American colonies before the Revolution it was the preach- 
ing of Jonathan Edwards which stirred all New England to 
the "Great Awakening," a deep spiritual revival. In the first 
half of the nineteenth century Finney and Asbury were great 
preachers who led another wide-reaching revival. A study of 
these facts brings us a further lesson, namely, for the main- 
tenance of spiritual life spirit-filled men are needed. 



Let us consider in the second place the purpose or aim of 
preaching. At the very threshold a question confronts us: 
Has there been any essential change in the purpose of preach- 
ing from the time of the apostles to the present? The ques- 
tion arises from the persistent emphasis which has been laid 
upon the principle of change as the law of progress. It is true 
that the law of change is always active in the natural world 
and in the realm of intellectual investigation. There have 
been many great and useful discoveries, there have been 
changes in our thinking and view-points and there has been 
wonderful advance in general knowledge. It has been assumed 
by some therefore that the Christian religion changes and 
that likewise there is a change in the object of preaching 
as compared with the past. From this view we dissent. Here 
this law does not apply. 

It should be kept clearly in mind that the action of change 
is contingent upon stable and permanent foundations. Other- 
wise there can be no productive change making for construc- 
tive progress in any realm of life and thought. All about us 
there are certain great and stable laws which are operating 
unchangeably just as they did ages ago. There is the law of 
gravitation holding the stars steadily in their orbits; the laws 
of the conservation of energy, of light, of heat, of sound, of 
the mysterious electric force. They do not change, only man 
has found how to use them to his advantage. The human 
mind does not change in its essential powers and capacities. 
The functions and actions of the human body are exactly 
the same as when man was created by the fiat of Almighty 
God. The object of eating food has not changed in all history. 
We eat our bread today for the same reason that the Israel- 
ites ate the manna in the wilderness, for the preservation of 
life and vigor. There has been no change for here we deal 
with things fundamental and stable. 

Neither has there been any change in the fundamental 
truths and realities of religion in the spiritual realm. In our 
time the object of eating the bread of life is just the same 
as it was in the days of the apostles. Its object is life. So 
preaching deals with certain stable truths and principles 
which cannot change: — God, Christ, the Kingdom, immor- 
tality, eternal life, redemption, the inspired Word. Therefore, 
the object of Christian preaching has not changed since the 
days when the apostles carried the Gospel far and wide in 
the world which they knew and in which they lived. The 
Gospel of yesterday, so far as it touches the fundamentals 
of the faith, must be the Gospel of today. The purpose of 
Christian preaching, as then, is now expressed in a single 
word, evangelization, the proclamation of the glad tidings 
of salvation, to vidn and save souls for Christ and His King- 
dom. The aim of the apostles was the salvation of sinners. 
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter appealed to his great audi- 
ence, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name 
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins." The object of 
preaching is the same today, to win souls to believe and be 
saved and the edification of believers, thus to promote the 
cause of the Christian religion. The Church preaches, not for 
the promotion of ethical culture, or intellectual refinement, 
or social reform, or economic security, but for the salvation 
of souls for eternity. 

In the third place, there arises the question, What should 
a minister preach ? What is the content of his sermon ? That 
content is, using general terms, the Christian religion, the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ, salvation by and in Christ. The pri- 
mary materials and subject matter of sermons are derived 
from the revelation of God in the sacred Scriptures. "The 
Bible is the great store-house of materials for sermons." 
From its treasures the preacher must gather those riches of 
truth which he is to convey to those who wait upon his min- 
istry and listen to the message he brings. The inspired Word 



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if God is the very first source of material for the Christian 
ermon. 

Preaching, moreover, should contain the orderly presenta- 
ion of Christian doctrine. It has been the writer's practice 
or many years, to follow and use the tables of Scripture 
sssons appropriate for the festivals and seasons of the 
Ihurch year which have been in use for several centuries. 
Ve have found this practice both helpful and practical for 
hese appointed lessons give the opportunity for presenting 
he major teachings of the Gospel briefly or at greater length 
s may be advisable, in the course of the year. There is need, 
reat need, of more doctrinal sermons than the people have 
een accustomed to hear for some years past. The large ma- 
Drity of our Christian people know too little of the great doc- 
rines of our faith. 

In our early ministry we used to hear the statement quite 
requently, "We do not want doctrinal sermons, we want 
ractical sermons." They did not realize that the sermons 
,'hich are the most practical are those which deal with the 
jndamental doctrines of the Church, for they touch every 
ide of the Christian life. However, for some time past it 
as been noticeable that a healthy reaction has set in and 
lat thoughtful laymen in our congregations are asking for 
lore doctrinal sermons. Indeed, the Church cannot do other- 
■ise than preach doctrine, if she would be true to herself 
nd her high commission. And such sermons presented clearly 
nd simply will have a compelling interest for most people. 

The Christian preacher may have a wide field from which 
5 draw. Science, literature, nature, history, philosophy, ethics 
antribute materials which may serve to illustrate and en- 
tree Gospel truth; but Christ and His sa\'iorship must ever 
e the center. But today in liberal circles the tendency is to 
isplace Christ and the Gospel. In our community we have 
een accustomed to hold union services during the Summer 
unday evenings. At one of these the writer was present 
'hen a "liberal" minister, who was also a lecturer, and who 
'as visiting in the city, was to preach the sermon. On being 
sked by the presiding pastor what Scripture lesson he de- 
ired to have read, he answered that he had none and then 
isisted that no lesson be read. The pastor however insisted 
bat a lesson ought to be read at every service of worship 
nd went ahead and read one. The speaker then delivered 
n address (for it was not a sermon), without text and with- 
ut mention of Christ and scarcely any reference to the 
-hristian religion. But the world desperately needs the 
reaching of Christ and His Gospel. 

Only Jesus Christ can bring comfort and peace to the soul 
1 the great crises of life. By way of illustration permit me 
] relate this incident in the experience of the noted English 
linister, Dr. Charles A. Berry, an incident which he himself 
M to Dr. Jowett, who is authority for it. Dr. Berry, for 
ome years before the event in question, had proved him- 
slf a brilliant preacher, although liberal and Unitarian in 
is views, but his ministry, in one of England's great indus- 
rial cities, had been unfruitful of spiritual results, souls 
aved. "Late one night Dr. Berry's door-bell rang. Every one 
Ise in the house being abed, Dr. Berry himself answered 
le bell. At the door stood a typical Lancashire girl with a 
hawl over her head. 'Are you Dr. Berry?' she asked; 'I 
'ant you to come and get my mother in.' Thinking her moth- 
r was in some drunken stupor, he directed the girl to the 
olice. 'No,' she said, 'she is dying, and I want you to get 
er into heaven.' The doctor did not want to go for it was a 
liny, stormy night and he was enjoying the comfort of his 
■udy. 'Are there not ministers nearer?' he asked. 'Yes, but 

must have you,' the girl replied, and by her importunity 
irced him to go with her. Do\vn to the worst part of the 
ity she led the way, and when they came to the house he 



found it a house of shame. Drunken carousing was going on 
down stairs. Upstairs, in a small room, he found the dying 
woman. Dr. Berry told the woman of the beautiful life, the 
loving ministries and the noble example of Jesus. He urged 
her to follow Him, but she shook her head hopelessly, saying, 
'That's not for the likes o' me; I'm a sinful woman and I'm 
dying.' 'It flashed upon me,' said Dr. Berry, 'that I had no 
message of help and hope for that dying woman, and like 
lightning I leaped in mind and heart back to the gospel my 
mother had taught me. I told her of Jesus Christ, the Son of 
God, dying on the cross that just such as she might be saved; 
of His blood poured out for the remission of sins, and all the 
blessed truths of the old, old story.' And, he added, 'Jowett, 
I got her in, and I got myself in, too.' " From that night Dr. 
Berry's new ministry was abundantly fruitful of spiritual 
results. Yes, it is the dying love of Christ that saves and 
comforts the sinner; the cross is the dynamic of Christian 
preaching. 

We do not claim that you will fill your churches at once 
if you preach the Gospel only, for it is a question if there is 
very much desire for spiritual religion among men gener- 
ally. But it is what men need. A physician gives the medi- 
cine which his patients need, not what they may wish. So, 
the preacher gives what sin-sick men need, whether they like 
it or not. Paul has left us his example, when at Corinth he 
"determined not to know anything among you save Jesus 
Christ and Him crucified." He ever preached Christ crucified 
and risen from the dead; and all the apostles preached the 
same message when they went forth. We need preachers to- 
day with these convictions. 

Dr. Morrison, editor of the Christian Century, is quoted: — 
"The Church's conviction as to the truth of Christianity has 
been progressively losing its sharpness over a long period. 
The education of the modern preacher has had the effect 
of diluting his conviction to a point where he no longer finds 
the subject matter of his preaching in the objective Christian 
Gospel." We do not always agree with what Dr. Morrison 
says but in this case we do agree. The Church's convictions 
as to the truth of Christianity have been losing their sharp- 
ness and the education of the modern preacher often has 
diluted his convictions to a point where he no longer finds 
the subject matter and inspiration of his preaching in Christ 
and His saviorship on the Cross. The Church and the world 
both need Christian preachers of "sharp" and clear-cut con- 
victions concerning Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Lord 
and Savior, convictions which they declare faithfully. This is 
one of the great lessons we have learned in fifty years in the 
ministry. 



DECISION 

During a time of revival, three young girls went to their 
pastor's study to ask of him the way of life. After conversing 
a few minutes, he said: "Now, my young friends, supposing 
it could be knowm to you for a certainty that you might 
put off repentance ten years and then surely be Christians, 
what would you do, Mary?" "Oh, if I could be sure, I think 
I would wait." "And, Lucy, what would you do ? Would you 
wait, too?" "Yes, I think I would wait a little while at 
any rate, but now I dare not." "Emma, would you, too, wait?" 
"Oh, no, I could not wait ten years to find my Saviour. I 
have slighted His love too long. No, I cannot wait another 
day." Emma soon found the Saviour she was seeking, but 
her young friends had first to learn that they were seeking 
self instead of Christ; that He was more to be desired than 
length of days, or riches, or the pleasures of the world. How 
many thus merely think and act! 



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DEAN M. A, STUCKEY 
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REV. N. V. LEATHERMAN 
General Secretary 



PR L F LINDOWrR. F.JucMion.il Director 



Great Leaders of Church hHistory 

{A series of Lectures by Rev. J. G. Dodds) 
Reported by M. A. Stuckey 



Any serious study of the history of the Christian 
Church which omits the outstanding contributions 
of its greatest leaders, to say nothing of the lesser 
lights in the ecclesiastical firmament, is a tardy rec- 
ognition of the fact that men and women sometimes 
fail to appreciate the human qualities of the hero- 
ines and heroes among the saints. 

In his series of lectures sponsored by our Semi- 
nary during the dates of February 8-11, and 15-18 
respectively, Rev. J. G. Dodds, pastor of the Smith- 
ville Brethren Church, did much to make the pages 
of religious history come alive with renewed and 
happy interest. 

The lectures were well prepared and excellently 
delivered to our pre-seminary and seminary stu- 
dents. They dealt with the following worthies of 
Christendom, namely, 

1. Lydia. l 

2. Augustine. ! 

3. Martin Luther. 4 
. ... 4. Alexander Mack. - 

5. John Wesley. 

6. Harriett Beecher Stowe. 

7. Charles Haddon Spurgeon. 

8. Dwight L. Moody. 

The lecturer made every effort to present to the 
students those things from the lives of these men 
and women mentioned above which were of practical 
interest to young students of theology. Lydia was 



depicted as the woman whose heart was opened by 
God; Augustine was studied generally from the 
standpoint of his utterance, "Except ye believe, ye 
shall not understand"; Martin Luther was treated 
as the apostle of faith and the Protestant Liberator ; 
Alexander Mack as the sage and Bible genius of 
Brethrenism; John Wesley as the tireless founder 
and worker of Methodism; Harriett Beecher Stowe 
as a theological professor's wife par excellence and 
cultured daughter of Lyman Beecher's household; 
Charles Haddon Spurgeon as London's greatest 
preacher in his day; and Dwight L. Moody as the 
outstanding lay apostle of love in American Chris- 
tianity. One by one were these saints of the Church 
paraded before us with fascinating and romantic 
interest. 

Brother Dodds should be persuaded to contribute 
brief synopses of these materials to Editor Vanator 
for the perusal of the readers of the Brethren Evan- 
gelist. He thus could extend the usefulness of the 
lectures from the seminaiy cloister I'oom to the wide 
arena of Brethren church life. 

Sunday School teachers who read this page with 
regularity may wish to seek the counsel and guid- 
ance of the National Sunday School Association's 
Educational Director, Dr. L. E. Lindower, about 
churchly biographical studies for classroom use. He 
can provide useful books for those who may be in- 
terested in this type of reading material. 

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Ndtiondl Sunday School Association 

Missionary Information 

Conducted by Chester E. Zimmerman 
Missionary Education Director 

The Easter season is an excellent time for reaping the 
harvest of the souls interested in the Church. Dramatic pre- 
sentations will help to clinch the decision of anyone waver- 
ing between the way of Christ and the way of doubt. Fol- 
lowing are some excellent Easter materials that are excep- 
tional. 

"Come Ye That Mourn" by Karin Sundelof-Asbrand will 
bring into the minds of all a clearer picture of the Easter 
Story. It begins with the death and raising of Jairus' 
daughter, and continues on through the suffering and mar- 
tyred death of Christ, on the cross, and His resurrection 
as related by a group of His faithful followers. There are 
two very simple scenes, both exteriors. There are eighteen 
characters: 4 children, 7 men, and 7 women. The time of 
Playing: About one hour. The lighting is simple. Ordinary 
footlights are used in combination with a large white spot- 
light. The costumes follow the mode of the time of Jesus. 

This Pageant-Play of the Resurrection is easily presented 
and has a real value for both audience and cast. Words and 
music included in one book. 

Eldridge Entertainment House, Franklin, Ohio. Price: 35 
cents. 



"Tlie Third Day" by Karin Sundelof-Asbrand is a pageant 
for the Easter season written for young people and children. 
It is the story of a young mother of today whose small boy 
has been seriously injured by an accident. The mother has 
little faith in God or in the Resurrection of Christ, nor does 
she believe that her child is going to get well again. She 
fears his death doubly since she has little or no faith in life 
after death. 

She falls into the sleep of utter exhaustion, and three Vis- 
ions come to her, and she finally awakens from her sleep 
with new courage and with absolute faith in God and with 
a better knowledge of Christ and the Resurrection. She then 
learns that the crisis has passed, and her son will live. 

The pageant plays for about 1 hour and is very simple 
and easy to produce, and when the performers put them- 
selves into it, heart and soul, it is both beautiful and effective. 

Main characters wear modern dress, seven are in Biblical 
attire, while children wear crepe paper costumes and long, 
white sleeveless gowns. 

Right of presentation given by purchase of 10 copies. 

Eldridge Entertainment House, Franklin, Ohio. Price: 35 
cents. 



"Easter Exercises and Recitations" contains choice selec- 
tions for Easter and Spring. There are eight e.\ercises and a 
jroup of selected recitations. Materials are by Mary A: Erb, 
(Elizabeth F. Guptill, and Harriette Wilbur. 31 pages of help- 
ful material. 

Eldridge Entertainment House, Franklin, Ohio. Price: 35 
vents. 

— Johnstown, Pa. 



BULLETIH BOAR© SUGGESTIOHS 
Suggested by Rev. E. J. Bee/^Iey 

1. Gethsemane — God's victory garden. 

2. Opportunity never knocks — it's here. ■■■. 

3. When a boy goes wrong a good man dies. 

4. Christian love takes the initiative. '• 

5. God, the Greatest Giver. -^' 
His Son, the Greatest Gift. 

Eternal Life, the Greatest Possession. '- 

Give no less than your best. 

6. It is better to suffer a wrong than to do one. 

7. The reward of a good deed is to have it done. yr 
' 8. Life's supreme art is walking with God. 4 

i). Faith in God is central to all of life and not an optional 
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REV. M. L. SANDS PASSES TO 
HIS REWARD 




We are soriy to announce the death of El- 
der M. L. Sands at a Nursing Home in Peru, 
Indiana, on Sunday morning, March 6th. 

Brother Sands was compelled to retire 
from the active ministry several years ago, 
while pastor of the Denver, Indiana, Breth- 
ren Church. He and Mrs. Sands have resided 
in Denver from that time till the present. 

A fuller account of his life and ministry 
will be brought in a future issue of TJve Evcm- 
gelist. 

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mrs. 
Sands. 



No matter what your present feeling may be, no matter 
how great your want of feeling, no matter how indifferent 
you may be or how dark as regards all Christian subjects, 
set your times of prayer, not for a mere experiment, but as 
a fixed appointment never to be broken. Go to it in the cold 
to get heat. Go to it in the dark to wait and watch for the 
light. Go to it without inclination, pleading the promise of 
God's Spirit to give you inclination . . . God will be waiting 
on His part to open the gate for you; to greet, accept and 
bid you everlasting welcome. — Horace Bushnell. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoffy Topic Editor 

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(We have just had word from Mrs. W. S. Benshoff that 
Brother Benshoff, the "Topics Editor" of the Christian En- 
deavor Notes, has undergone an operation and as a conse- 
quence was not able to furnish the notes on the topic for 
April 2nd. She informs us that he will in all probability be 
able to send on the notes for April 9th. We trust that at this 
writing he is well on his way to full recovery. 

In order that the Christian Endeavor societies that depend 
on these notes for their program, be not without material, 
the Editor of the Evangelist is taking the liberty of giving 
the topic, the scripture and a few comments that may be 
helpful in this emergency. — F. C. V.) 



■' Topic for April 2, 1944 

"WHAT IS THE KINGDOiM OF GOD?" 

I Scripture: Luke 13:18-21; 17:20, 21 

For The Leader 

The suggestion of the question in the topic wording brings 
forth the ever-present thought of delving into the Word to 
find the meaning of things therein. The study of such a topic 
as this requires more than a mere superficial glancing at the 
material, and passing over it thus. It requires study. 

In a religious viewing of the subject we must remember 
that we face two types of Kingdom in the world — temporal 
and spiritual. The temporal kingdom is that which the early 
disciples of Jesus were expecting Him to set up and they 
hoped to profit personally by it in a material way. The spir- 
itual kingdom, now in the making, has an entirely different 
note. It is this kingdom with which we deal in our lesson 
tonight. 

DISCUSSION 

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT. A kingdom requires four 
things: 1. A land; 2. A people; 3. A ruler; and 4. A law. 
Have we all this in the spiritual realm that we are studying 
tonight ? 

1. SCRIPTURAL THOUGHTS ON THE KINGDOM. Study 
the parables found in Matt. 13:24-30; 38-43; Mark 4:30, 31; 
Matt. 22:2-14, and similar parables, which came from the 
lips of Jesus. 

2. WHERE IS THE KINGDOM? Jesus answers this, in 
part at least, in Matt. 18:36, saying, "My kingdom is not of 
this world." This plainly shows the spiritual nature of his 
kingdom and that it is not a material thing. 

3. THE MESSAGE OF THE KINGDOM. See Luke 8:1. 
Jesus also said, "The words that I speak unto you, are spirit 
and life." John 6:63. 

4. THE CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM. Even as we are 
born citizens of a material country — we are "born again" as 
citizens of the spiritual kingdom. 

5. THE RULER. God is an absolute monarch. His word is 
law and must be implicitly obeyed. Merely having one's name 
on a church roll does not necessarily say that one is a mem- 
ber of the real body of Christ. It takes more than that. It 
means living the life. 



6. THE RESULTS OF BEING A CITIZEN. When one is 
a real citizen of the kingdom he has real freedom from all 
fear; real peace of mind; and a real love of his fellowman. 

QUESTIONS 

1. What is the constitution of the Kingdom of God? Where 
is it found ? 

2. Must one renounce his former "ruler" when he becomes 
a member of the kingdom of God through obedience to Jesus 
Christ? How is that done? 

3. What oath of allegiance does the person make when he 
becomes a member of the kingdom of Christ? (Romans 10:9.) 

4. How is the penitent believer in Christ "enrolled" in the 
kingdom of God? (Hebrews 12:23.) 



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Dear Children: 

Isaiah 1:18, "Come now and let us reason together, saith 
tiie Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as 
white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall 
be as wool." 

As I looked out the window this morning and saw more 
beautiful white snow coming down and piling up on the 
snow that fell within the last few days, I was reminded of 
the story of a little boy I was told about. 

This little boy's name was Bennie. Bennie had not been 
brought up in a nice Brethren home such as you have, with 
parents who know Jesus and who love to tell about our Sav- 
ior. 

Bennie's mother had gone to live with God, and his father 
spent most of his time and money on sinful drinks and pleas- 
ures. Since his father was gone so much, Bennie was alone 
a greater portion of the time. Bennie was nearly nine years 
old, but his frail little body was no larger than that of a 
boy of seven. Perhaps this was partly because he usually 
ate from the garbage cans on his way up town, where he 
would stay until very late at night. 

It was his delight to put nails where the cars would be 
sure to hit them so he could watch the tires go down. The 
windows of the church basement made excellent targets for 
his sling, loaded with rocks. He gathered up all the banana [ 
peelings he saw and would throw them on busy streets, so 
he could watch the people fall. One elderly lady slipped and 
broke her limb when she fell. 

One night Bennie had been out into mischief and he came 
home very tired. He climbed into bed with all his clothes on 
and fell fast asleep. Bennie dreamed he went up to heaven 
to see his Mother. She showed him the lovely places where 
Christ had prepared for people to live in. The streets that 
they walked on were of gold. There were beautiful places for 
the children to play. Bennie went over to watch the children 
play. They were having such a good time together. As they 
played, Bennie noticed how w'hite their clothes were. Even j 
as they romped and played together, they did not get their i 
clothes soiled. ; 

All at once Bennie noticed how red his own clothes looked. | 
He did not like for his clothes to be so red when the other 
children's clothes were so nice and white. He turned to his^ ; 
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lothes like the other children. She turned to Jimmy with a 
oving smile, and placing her arm around him told him how- 
he other boys and girls received their white clothes and 
low he could receive nice \vhite clothes, too. She told him 
low we must all come to Jesus and accept Him as our Savior. 
She explained that if we believe in Him and accept Him, 
hat He will wash away our sins. Even though our sins be as 
carlet, He will make them like snow. She explained to Bennie 
hat it was not really Bennie's clothes that were so red, that 
t was the naughty things which he did that make them red. 
)he explained that when people accept Jesus as their Savior, 
ie washes their black hearts so clean and pure that even 
heir faces and their clothes have a new shining brightness, 
f our hearts are not clean, we can not be clean on the outside. 

Bennie listened to all that his mother had to say, and then 
18 woke up. He sat up in bed for it was morning. All day 
ong Bennie thought of his dream and did not do anything 
)ad that day at all. 

When night came, he walked along the street as if some 
me were there guiding him to a certain place. He saw a 
)anana peeling and picked it up and threw it where no one 
vould step on it. The wind was blowing so hard, it blew an 
Elderly man's hat off. Bennie ran and picked it up and gave 
t to the old man. It was when he handed the hat to the old 
nan that he heard the words "Wash me in the blood of the 
amb and I shall be writer than snow." He turned to see 
vhere these words were coming from, for they were just the 
.vords that he wanted to hear. They were coming from a 
nission window. He went inside and sat down to listen. The 
Minister told the story of Salvation in simple words that 
;ven a little child could understand. When the invitation was 
jiven, Bennie was the very first to come and accept Christ 
IS his Savior. 

Jesus really cleaned up this little boy, and it was not long 
jefore Bennie's father came to the mission and found Christ, 
;oo. Today Bennie is a fine big man preaching the Gospel 
)f Jesus to other boys and girls who do not have Christian 
parents to tell them about Jesus. 

If any of you boys and girls have not accepted Jesus as 
rour Savior, it is my earnest prayer that you will do so very 
ioon. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 



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Conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Sibert 
Sugsested Outlines 

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Lesson 61 

Subject: The Three Hebrew Children 

1. Some time before this story opens, Nebuchadnezzar the 
ing of Babylon had a dream. Daniel interpreted it as a 
jiew into the "things which shall come to pass." The dream 
as about a great image which had a head of gold, breast 
nd arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, 
nd feet part of iron and part of clay. This image was to 
^present the great kingdoms of the world. Daniel told Neb- 
chadnezzar that he was that head of gold. Perhaps the 
•earn of that gigantic image continued to haunt Nebuchad- 
ezzar. The remembrance of it may have suggested to the 
ing the thing which we see him doing in the third chapter 
'■ Daniel. He had an image made of himself in pure gold. 



It was colossal. It was about ninety feet high and nine or 
ten feet wide, and was set up on the plains of Dura. Daniel 
3:1. 

2. At the time of the dedication of this image Daniel waS;:^ 
away. If he had been there, we know we should have heard - 
from him. His three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed- 
nego were high officers in Babylon. They, with all the other 
officers, came at the call of the king to the dedication of the 
statue. Daniel 3:2, 3. 

3. What a gathering was there that morning! Everyone 
of any importance was there. The band was there. And 
when it began to play, everyone was to kneel to the image., 
of the king. There was a terrible penalty for refusing. Dan- . 
iel 3:4, 5, 6. 

4. And then the order was given for the band to strike up. 
WTien the first notes burst forth all the mighty men of 
Babylon went to their knees. All — but three. Shadrach, Me- 
shach and Abednego remembered the commandment from the 
God of their fathers: "Thou shalt have no other gods before 
me." Their knees did not bend. They did not seem to care 
whether they were "well liked" or not. Every man if he is 
true to God will at some time or other be unpopular. Luke 
6:26. 

5. The command was for all men to fall down and wor- 
ship as the king conunanded. Like all true servants of the 
Lord, the three friends had enemies. These enemies were os- 
tensibly worshipping, but at the same time they were peek- 
ing out of the corners of their eyes to see what the Jewish 
boys were doing. Perhaps their enemies wanted their offices 
and places of honor. Maybe they suggested to the king the ' 
idea of the image in the first place. Anyway if they had . 
bowed down with their faces to the ground as they were ' 
commanded to do, and as they were pretending to do, they 
would not have seen the three friends standing up bravely "' 
and fearlessly for the Lord. So the enemy watched. But still 
the Jewish boys did not bow down. Daniel 3:7, 8. 

6. The enemies hurried to the king with their information. 
Notice how courteous they are to the king. The very devil 
himself can be nice, courteous and polite when he wants to. 
Daniel 3:9-12. 

7. The king was very angry. He sent for the Hebrews ana 
told them in few words what they could do. He decided to give 
them one more chance. He told them that he would have the 
band play again, and if they would fall dow-n and worship, 
it would be well with them. But if they did not, they would 
be cast that same hour into the fiery furnace. That is plain ' 
speaking. Do this, and live. Do it not, and die. Daniel 3:15. '' 

8. Nebuchadnezzar said in a fury, "Who is that God that 
shall deliver you out of my hands?" Shadrach, Meshach, and 
Abednego answered his question calmly, but firmly, "Our,.,. 
God is able," they said. "And He will deliver us out of your 
hand." They inferred that God would either deliver them 
on earth, or take them to heaven. Whichever way He chose 
was His business. And no matter what He did, the young 
men said, "Be it known to thee, King, that we will not 
serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou " 
hast set up." That is plain speaking, too. The king of Babylon 
was not accustomed to that, and he didn't like it. He was 
full of fury. Daniel 3:16-18. 

9. You notice that the Hebrews did not say that God would - 
deliver them from the burning fiery furnace. They said he 
was able to do it. If He chose to take them to heaven instead 
that was all right with them. That would mean simply pass- 
ing from the presence of the King of Babylon to the pres- 
ence of the King of Kings. In either case they would be 
delivered out of the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. I once heard 

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or lose his job for you, he is your friend. These three young 
men were willing to lose their positions, and even their lives, 
for God. According to the foregoing definition, they were the 
friends of God. The furious king gave the order to heat the 
furnace seven times hotter than usual and to cast the men 
therein. The men were bound and thrown in. Instantly the 
king jumped up astonished. He had thrown three men bound 
into the furnace. He now saw four men walking in the midst 
of the flames. Daniel 3:19-24. 

10. The men were walking quietly around, not writhing in 
agony with the heat. The only difference in them was that 
their bonds were burned off. The worst the devil can do to 
God's friends is to burn off the bonds so that they may do 
even more for Him. Nebuchadnezzar saw strange things that 
day. He saw four men walking in the midst of the fire, and 
one was like the Son of God. The king called them to come 
out and they came. Not one hair was singed. There was not 
even the smell of the devil's fire on them. Dear friend, you 
may be called upon to go through fire for your Lord. Do you 
think you are living so close to Him, that you can emerge 
without even the smell of fire upon you? Daniel 3:24-30; 
Luke 12:7; Isaiah 43:2. 



There's a light, shining bright. 

In the Garden of Prayer, 

Though around me the darkness may roll; 

And I know, as I go, 

Jesus waits for me there. 

To restore blessed peace to my soul. 

There's a gate, pointing straight 

To the Beautiful Land, 

Though the road leads through sorrow and care; 

Doubt and fear disappear. 

And the shadows disband. 

When the pathway is brightened with prayer. 

There's a word that is heard 

In the Gospel of Right, 

And its precepts we all should obey. 

To receive and believe 

On the Saviour of Light, 

Who declared "Men ought always to pray." 

The Light in the Garden is shining for me. 
My Lord set it burning in Gethsemane; 
And it shone from his cross over dark Calvary, 
The Light in the Garden of Prayer. 

Corliss L. Weltner 




- NEWS 

Send all C. E. News Items 

To Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 

Milledgeville, Illinois 



Christian Endeavor Goals 

Calling the attention of all Christian Endeavor societies of 
the Brethren Church!! How are you coming with the 1943- 
1944 goals ? Search them out today and be sure that you are 
meeting enough of them to make your group a banner so- 
ciety this August. Please note that those of you who are 
striving to meet the goal on news reports are to have three 
reports in the hands of the News Editor by June 15th, 1944. 
Reports are a litle slow coming in. Yes, it takes just a mo- 



ment or two to write up some fine meeting you've had, or 
to tell of some project you have completed in your church. 
Do it today. 

St. James, Maryland, Junior Society Reports 

(January) The St. James Junior Christian Endeavor re- 
cently reorganized for the coming year. The following offi- 
cers were elected: President, Betty Irvin; Vice-President, 
Beth Norris; Secretary, Lucy Henninger; Treasurer, Dixie 
Sensenbaugh; Corresponding Secretary, Sonny Baker; Jun- 
ior Superintendent, Mrs. Margaret Litton, Fairplay, Mary- 
land. 

A cabinet meeting will be held shortly to plan for the ac- 
tivities of the Society. 

Sonny Baker, Cor. Sec. 

St. James, Maryland, Senior Society Reports 

(January) Dear Christian Endeavorers: 

Greetings from the St. James Christian Endeavor. It is 
indeed a pleasure to greet you in the name of Christian En- 
deavor. 

Our society has been very busy working on our local, 
county, state and Brethren C. E. Goals. We have had a Hal- 
lowe'en social, attended a district rally, attended a county 
youth rally and also went carol singing with the county 
youth council. 

Recently we elected the following C. E. Officers for 1944: 
President, Miriam Rohrer; Vice President, Glen Shank; Re- 
cording Secretary, Dolores Keller; Corresponding Secretary, 
Imogene Sensenbaugh; Treasurer, James Norris, Adult Ad- 
visors, Rev. D. C. White, Thelma Baker and Margaret Low- 
ery. 

On New Year's Eve we held a most successful Watch 
Night party. Games were played from 8:00-11:00 P. M. At 
11:00 P. M. we held our aimual Candle Light service. Ap- 
proximately 50 young people were in attendance. 

We are now looking forward and planning for our Christian 
Endeavor Week activities. We usually have our installation 
of officers at this time and hold a special Church service, 
as well as attend the fine country affairs held during the 
week. 

We would enjoy hearing about some of the activities of 
other C. E. societies. May God bless our Christian Endeavor 
work this year. 

Imogene Sensenbaugh, Cor. Sec. 

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(Yes, we too would like to hear about some of the activi- 
ties of other C. E. societies as Miss Sensenbaugh suggests. 
Your National Brethren C. E. Officers.) 



Cambria County Christian Endeavor News Report 

From Pennsylvania comes the following report of a Countyi 
meeting of Brethren C. E. Societies in the Third Church of 
Johnstown. The meeting was held on February 1st, 1944. 

A rally in observance of the 63d anniversary of the Chris- 
tian Endeavor organization was held by members of the' 
Cambria County Brethren Christian Endeavor last evening 
in the Third Brethren Church, Morrellville. Rev. Robert R 
Doverspike, pastor of the Garfield St. Evangelical Church, de^ 
livered the principal address, speaking on "Where Are Yon 
Putting Christ in Your Life?" Not only is religion some 
thing to be remembered while in church, but it is also some 
hing to guide an individual through all of his home, socia, 
and business activities, Rev. Doverspike stated. 



March 25, 1944 



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Musical numbers included vocal selections by Phyllis Ham- 
mers, Sue Vickroy, Esther Grumbling and Floyd Benshoff 
and a trombone solo by Hazel Allison of Vinco. Addresses on 
the work being done throughout the world by Christian En- 
deavor Societies were made by Betty Knauer, Winona Ford, 
Lila Snyder, Esther Mae Grumbling, Mrs. Rita Golby and 
Earl Hostetler. Mildred Furry introduced the speakers. 

The attendance award was presented to the Senior Society 
of the Third Church. Floyd Benshoflf directed the program 
and the business session, which was followed by a social hour. 
The next quarterly meeting of the group will be held on May 
2 in Vinco. 

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Keep the reports coming to your News Editor at the ad- 
dress show.n at the head of this column. Do it now! 



Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 



The selection of the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the 
graduating class was announced on the campus last week. 
The class this year will be somewhat less than normal in 
numbers, there being only about twenty members. However, 
the quality of work has been high over the four years and 
the honor of leading the class is no less because of the fewer 
students. 

Honored this year for the highest award in the class is 
Miss Mary Bott, daughter of Mrs. George Bott, Ashland. Miss 
Bott has been a member of the Brethren Church for many 
years. She is majoring in music and is active in those or- 
ganizations on the campus. 

Miss Larue Kreider, also of Ashland, has been awarded 
second honrs. Miss Kreider is a member of the Third Street 
Church of the Brethren. She is studying to teach in some 
high school next year. Miss Kreider has completed her college 
work in three years by attending both winter and summer 
sessions. 

Miss Vivian Burkhart, Queen of the May elect, has chosen 
her court for the festivities scheduled for the campus on 
May 13. Miss Burkhart included seven girls from Brethren 
Churches in her entourage. From Ashland, The King Twins, 
Jane and Janet, daughters of Rev. L. V. King, and June Car- 
penter are included. Others are: Pauline Crider Fair of 
Smithville, Helen Downey and Ella Smith of Hagerstown, 
Md., and Emma Lee Wray of Peru, Indiana. 

TKe appearance of Sari Biro, international pianist was the 
first of a series of nationally known individuals to be brought 
to the campus this spring. James Young who was imprisoned 
by the Japanese for the press dispatches which he sent to 
this country before Pearl Harbor will appear April 25. Other 
men and women are under consideration. 

President Mason is in Chicago this week attending a meet- 
ing of the North Central Association of Colleges and Sec- 
ondary Schools. Along with several members of his staff, he 
attended a second conference on Post War Planning for col- 
leges in Cleveland last Friday. 

A recent visitor to the Ashland Campus was Dr. R. M. 
Cooper of the North Central Association. The Professor is 
in charge of a study of a number of colleges such as Ash- 
land trying to find how they can be of greatest value in these 
changing times. For a number of years, Ashland has partici- 
pated in this study. 



PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT NEWS 

Conducted by Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 



We submit the following newspaper clippings, which are 
of interest to our readers: 

Harold R. Garland is Ordained at Cumberland, Maryland, 
February 24, 1944 

"An ordination service was held at the First Brethren 
Church last evening for Harold R. Garland, and at the same 
time Wilbur L. Thomas was licensed to preach. 

"The members of the ordaining committee were the Rev. 
E. L. Miller, the Rev. John F. Locke, both of Maurertown, 
Virginia, and the Rev. Elmer Keck of Linwood. Cooperating 
with the committee in ordaining were the Rev. I. D. Bowman, 
D.D., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Rev. P. M. Naff, 
pastor of the Cumberland Brethren Church. 

"The Rev. Mr. Garland is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd 
Garland, Uhl highway. He is the pastor of the North Van- 
dergrift, Pennsylvania, Brethren Church. His father is as- 
sistant superintendent and teacher in the Bible Class at Davis 
Memorial Church. His wife is the former Miss Mildred Oster. 

"Mr. Thomas, from Chesaptown, is a member of the First 
Brethren Church. 

"The charge to the ordained ministers was given by Dr. 
Bowman; and the charge to the people by the Rev. Mr. Keck. 
The program also included congregational singing. 

"The Rev. Louis P. Castain, pastor of the Davis Memorial 
Methodist Church, and a group of his parishioners attended 
the service with members of the First Brethren Church. 

"Preceding the service Mrs. Naff and Mrs. J. F. Beachley, 
entertained the visiting ministers, the Rev. Mr. Garland, and 
a few of the friends at a supper party at Mrs. Beachley's 
home." 

— Cumberland News, February 25, 1944. 

Brother Garland has a change of address, which is 1208 
Hancock Avenue, Ext., Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. 

State Claiming $24,000 Ephrata Cloister Funds 

Harrisburg — (UP) — Dauphin County Court is seeking to 
determine ownership of $24,000 realized from the sale of his- 
toric Ephrata Cloisters, Lancaster County, now in custody of 
the State Historical Commission. 

At a hea